A Nigerian driver, Moses Ebohon Ikpefua, died shortly after 4.30am on Sunday on James’s Street, Dublin and the police have launched an investigation into “all the circumstances surrounding the death”.
It’s understood Ikpefua became unwell after what the police are referring to as an “incident with a fare” which led to his phone getting stolen. He later died at St James’ Hospital.
Fellow taxi driver, Peter Kinsella, who has been driving a taxi for 12 years in Dublin, said: “There has been a spate of attacks on drivers in Dublin in areas like Blanchardstown and Ongar.
Drivers are lured out there and then threatened and mugged. We’re not sure what exactly happened on Sunday morning, but we’re all very concerned about the rise in attacks on drivers.”
Co-founder of Whistle Taxi app and former taxi driver John Boyle echoed the need for more information about the incident and a bigger focus on security in general for taxi drivers going forward.
It was gathered that investigators will make arrests in connection with his death soon, after obtaining CCTV footage of the alleged thieves entering a nearby flat complex, shortly afterwards.