E-commerce giants, Jumia, has released an official statement following the murder of one of its delivery agents in Port Harcourt.
The dispatch rider was allegedly strangled to death and dumped inside a septic tank by three people who have been arrested by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Rivers State Police Command at 4, Adaede Street by Location, Off Ada George Road, Port Harcourt, after neighbours alerted the officers.
The parent company, while appreciating the support of the general public and the police for the prompt arrest of the culprits, said in a statement signed by its CEO, Juliet Anammah:
"It is with saddened hearts that we announce the ongoing police investigation into the disappearance of a delivery associate of one of our partners which has been possibly linked to the recovery of a deceased body by police investigators.
The associate was employed by our third-party logistics partner in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Jumia Nigeria’s regional management is working full time with the partner, the local police and the family of the associate to investigate the case.
While the full facts are yet to be known, the delivery associate was reported to have been last seen on Saturday during his delivery runs. We thus await the results of police investigation on the matter.
While we continue to hope for the best possible outcome, we ask that the general public joins us in upholding the family and the logistics partner with prayers and support during this sensitive and difficult time.
Delivery associates and logistic partners are an integral part of our e-commerce business. They are a hardworking force of dedicated men and women who go through rain, sun and tough terrain to deliver to our customers’ expectations.
We condemn and stand against all forms of verbal or physical assault against them and regard security on the job of the utmost importance.
We acknowledge and appreciate the public support that has been shown to the family, our partner, and Jumia. We ask that continued support and prayers be offered on behalf of the associate’s family during the ongoing investigation, even as we also respect their privacy at this time."
The victim was reportedly murdered on Saturday, March 25, 2017, by the suspects who had ordered the items to be delivered to them at their house. They have allegedly confessed to the crime in a video captured by Channels TV.