‘Shuga’ Actress, Shola Fapson Escapes From Taxify Kidnapper With Pepper Spray
Dorcas Shola-Fapson, an actress and television personality, says she narrowly escaped being held at random building by a kidnapper, a driver on the Taxify platform.
Shola-Fapson shared the details of the incident on Snapchat.
The ‘Shuga’ actress said the driver locked the doors of the car and drove her to a “random house”.
She said he then attempted to drag her into the building but she fought back with her pepper spray and managed to escape.
“He fully locked me in his car & drive to a random house then tried to drag me into it. I’m home now guys, I’m fine. But I was shaking,” she wrote in part.
Reacting to the incident hours later, Taxify released a statement saying the matter had been reported to the police and that the driver’s account and access to the platform have been deactivated.
The statement read: “Early today, we received troubling news of an incident that occurred between a (male) driver-partner and a (female) rider on our platform where allegations of harassment and violence have been made.
“Upon receiving the news of this incident, we immediately contacted the rider and expressed our concern to her in person. Our lawyers have petitioned the state intelligence bureau and the Nigerian Police Force to take up the matter.
“The incident is currently under investigation with these authorities and we are giving all the necessary cooperation.
“We at Taxify are committed to providing reliable ride experiences for our riders. Creating a safe and healthy experience is an absolute part of this.
“We have zero tolerance for any and all forms of harassment and violence.
“It is our policy to immediately ensure that upon such serious allegations – as in this case – the driver’s account and access to the platform are taken away, which we have done.”
Many young women have made similar complaints of sexual harassment by drivers of taxi companies like Uber and Taxify.