Bolt and Uber drivers have issued a response to the tragic news of three of its drivers being fatally shot by car snatchers in Port Harcourt and Abuja. In an exclusive statement provided to Technext, the online taxi-hailing firm expressed its awareness of the distressing incident and conveyed its deep sorrow.
While extending sympathies to the affected drivers’ families, Bolt also commended the police for their swift investigative efforts, expressing confidence that justice would be served in due course.
“Bolt is aware of this unfortunate incident and is deeply saddened by it. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the victims and their families. The safety of our drivers and riders remains a top priority for us. Bolt also commends the police for their prompt actions in investigating this unfortunate incident and believes that justice will be served. We are in contact with the bereaved family and are committed to offering support during this challenging period.”
The company also mentioned its ongoing communication with all relevant parties and its pledge to support the ongoing police investigation. Furthermore, Bolt assured that it would continue to keep the public informed as additional information becomes available.
Further Details on the Tragic Deaths of Three Uber and Bolt Drivers
In a separate development, it was reported that three e-hailing drivers, including those affiliated with Uber and Bolt, were tragically shot dead by car snatchers in Port Harcourt and Abuja.
The victims, including two drivers named Emmanuel Daniel and Roland Asuru, along with a mechanic, John Okon, were shot in different locations within the respective states. Another driver, Kelvin Oga, met a similar fate in Abuja, with all incidents occurring on the same day, October 10.
The President of the Union, Comrade Adedamola Adeniran, stated that e-hailing drivers have called for the use of the National Identification Number (NIN) to verify passengers by Uber and Bolt.
This call for increased security measures followed the violent incidents and aimed to prevent future attacks on drivers. Adeniran emphasized the need for the government to direct app companies to capture the NIN of passengers before they can book a ride.
While Bolt emphasized its commitment to the safety of both drivers and riders, the company outlined several safety measures it has implemented and continuously improved, including driver and rider trip-sharing, an SOS emergency button, rider and driver rating scores, and insurance coverage for injuries or personal effects damage during active trips.
The effectiveness of these safety measures in ensuring the security of drivers on the platform remains a separate concern.
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