Stories of abuse of passengers by Uber drivers seems to be on the rise, leaving us to wonder what can be done to avoid being a victim of these sexual predators.
A young woman, Jossyann shared on her Instagram page a story of how she was almost sexually assaulted by Mr. Oluwatobi, an Uber driver.
According to her, the Uber driver told her that he was horny and asked her to cooperate, else he would force his way.
Hi, my name is jossyann, a dance artist and a student of the University of Lagos. I have been using uber for 2years now and I have never had such a devastating experience before. My initial story was a summary, here is the full version.
On the 28 of June 2017, I started a trip with Mr. Oluwatobi (an uber driver) at 7:57 pm at Isolo; my initial destination was Gbagada, but I changed my trip to Omole phase 1 which was ok by the driver. My battery was low so I sat in front to charge my phone. I noticed the driver was chatty and I stopped responding when he got personal.
At some point, I noticed he was passing through dark and unfamiliar streets and I asked where we were and he said Bariga. I got worried and asked him why he said he wanted to buy me food because he liked me. I declined and asked him to either drop me at my destination or I come down. He continued driving, he then said he was tipsy and horny that I should cooperate.
I started making calls to friends to come to my aid because I was confused and afraid. He drove off through Yaba to different locations I was not familiar with (as shown on the map). He persisted that he won’t let me go until he had his way. I called my boss (director) to speak to him on speaker phone; he did and he advised him to take me to my destination in order to avoid problems; this infuriated the driver.
I threatened to call the police, after which he started driving fast and dangerously, at this point I was afraid for my life. He was driving around town totally off my route still trying to convince me to oblige.
At some point in Ikeja, he refused to stop at a police check at this point I started crying, praying, making calls and my boss called again and this time he was able to convince him to do the right thing or else he will be prosecuted.
Thankfully this time he took me to my destination. A journey of 30mins became the scariest 3hours of my life. I am grateful to God that I came out unharmed.
1: On that night I was wearing a big shirt, jeans face cap and snickers (the costumes I wear in my dance videos are for studio work only and that’s not how I dress in public).
2: I have been dancing since age 5 and have worked with many reputable brands and, so the purpose of this write up is not to seek attention but for uber to call the driver to order and for others to learn from it. I am also aware of the legal implications of peddling false accusations; so I challenge the individual to refute my claims.
3: At different stages in my ordeal, I tried to figure a way out but wasn’t sure of his mental state and if any aggressive attempt to exit the vehicle might complicate the situation, for example his refusal to stop at the police check or to talk to anyone when he claimed he was lost.
4: Although, there was no physical assault on me, I was compelled to stay in the vehicle against my will for 3 hours, with constant persuasions and threats to have “FUN” with him. I was mentally tortured, verbally abused and I believe if not for God’s grace, the barrage of calls and my persistent boss who spoke to him severally, the story might have turned out differently.