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Access Bank Denies Affiliation with Twitter User’s #AccessUberRide Cab Rape Story

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On Twitter this morning, a female user alleged she was robbed and raped by a Lagos cab man.

Although the tweets have now been deleted, a number of news sources were able to get screen shots.

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Because @MadamFunky used the hashtag #AccessUberRide_ while narrating her purported ordeal, observers assumed that her tweets were a PR stunt from Access Bank. However, the bank has denied any affiliation with the individual.

Access Bank

@MadamFunky also denied sharing her story to promote Access Bank:

Madam Funky

Source: Twitter | LIB

31 Comments

  1. Tosin

    December 12, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    But clearly fiction.
    ?

  2. Taiwo

    December 12, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    babanla marketing gimmick!! Whatcanfa!! Naija I hail o!!!

    • Annie

      December 12, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      Real BABANLA gimmick!! Kai Nigerians ohhhhh!

    • iba

      December 14, 2014 at 7:58 am

      Terrible but did this really happen to her or she is trying to promote the uber taxi thingy? Oh gosh rape stories break me.

  3. Iris

    December 12, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    I don’t understand if this is a rape story or someone’s sick promotion of Uber – especially as there is currently a rape case in India involving an Uber cab driver.

  4. Audrey

    December 12, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    PR stunt ! They planned this,they should just shush! The ‘victim’ claims not to have told even her mom but she tweeted it? yea right!

  5. Joe adeyemo

    December 12, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    It’s pretty obvious the bank or their hired ad agency is behind this. It is too low and insensitive to many who might have fallen for such in the past.

  6. slice

    December 12, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    What an idiotic response from the bank. They cld at least ve sympathised with the lady in addition to denying affiliation. PR person, u had one job.

  7. observer

    December 12, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    she narrated her story and promoted their brand…..only problem is they don’t like to be associated with rape story……. i see nothing wrong with what she did!

  8. Lolo

    December 12, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    The lengths people go just for marketing in this hashtage age is just so sick.If she wasn’t truly raped and she decided to do this,she needs intervention and the company needs to be duly given a strike or something.Anyway thank God there was no identity for the “alleged” rapist but mahn this is just so disgusting.On the other hand,if she was truly raped,social media is not neccessarily the best way to go about a narrative and that company should again,be duly given a strike for it!!!I can’t even deal ,WOW!!!And she’s so young,hope she wasn’t forced into this sad thing tho!Just checked her twitter,it’s locked…*sigh* May God help our future generation,Amen!

  9. bruno

    December 12, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    and the oscar goes to………. not you.

    it sounds like an american movie.

    this girl that wrote this shit should be arrested. using a very sensitive subject like kidnapping and rape as a promotional tool to get people talking about a taxi brand. I think the government should ban them from operating in nigeria, what nonsense.

    this is a slap on genuine victims of rape and kidnapping.

    when did lagos cab drivers start uaing worda like “don’t even dare think of it” and suck my di*k.

  10. MJ

    December 12, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    To be honest under advertising laws in some countries, you can’t try this rubbish!!! The advertising body will sanction the agency, the bank in question (Access Bank) go pay fine!! All Men go drop enough money wella. I attended a social media class in 2012 and one of our teachers/lectures Dan said in his country (Netherlands), there some sought of adverts that won’t be approved cos it will look the person is being forced psychologically.

  11. Ephi

    December 12, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    So irritating. This uber is getting annoying, of all topics to use to promote their service, it’s something as sensitive as rape? I truly hope they don’t get a license to operate in Nig

  12. bbaby

    December 12, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    fa fa fa, Foul! doesnt send real to me. i might be wrong though

  13. Person

    December 12, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    I don’t know whether this is fiction or not, but rape is never something to joke about or use as a PR stunt. I use Uber in the US and it’s a 100% better and cheaper than the local taxi company. However, I don’t know that I’ll trust Uber anywhere else in the world, especially in a third world country, where there is no database.

    • Wale

      December 12, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      Even here in the States there have been several uber horror stories. Women being molested etc. A man was assaulted, several law suits. Über can be dangerous anywhere. The drivers are sometimes not properly vetted.

  14. Shes lying jor, they wanted publicity and now they have it. She even put her picture and explained in detail. mytestimonys.blogspot.com/2014/12/buki-olumide-through-years

  15. sum1special

    December 12, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Shouldnt the bank be contacting thie individual and find a way to help her out of some sort before denying her…She even just made them famous beause i didnt know of any access uber cab till now

  16. naijasinglegirldotcom

    December 12, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Nonsense PR stunt! Rape of all topics? Utter rubbish! Now they are all denying this when this was done by a professional PR person. How come her use of words is so impeccable and her sentences are so coherent? Next time contact me if you need to promote your brand in a less offensive way. Nonsense

  17. Defender1

    December 12, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    You people should SHUT UP!!!!!The girl is obviously speaking the truth…it might not be related to the bank but there’s a real story here but stone throwers and casters will not let her be….She is not doing any PR stunt mofo’s. Read that story again and you will get it and that one that says she didn’t tell her mum???Aiya,may you not meet such an ordeal…I’d like to see how you’d handle it!!!!!!

    • Ona

      December 12, 2014 at 9:42 pm

      Really?People should shut up?We are supposed to believe her when she plugged in the company’s name in every single tweet she made like she worked for them, and at the end claimed they scrutinize all their drivers, so should be trusted? Now how in the hell will she know that? If i were a rape victim, i certainly wont be making such claims in the first place when i dont know what these drivers(or any human being for that matter) are truly capable of. She claimed she never told anyone yet took to twitter promoting a company she knows nothing about? There are other organized taxi companies in Naija…why did she choose that particular one? Why not ask people to be careful, and not take taxis at that time of the night alone or something. The whole thing sounds shady and irritating as hell.

  18. Personal Assistant

    December 12, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Defender of the universe. She can’t tell her mum or anyone in her real family but she can tell her social media family.

  19. Idomagirl

    December 12, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Oh my….

  20. mujer

    December 12, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Which cab driver will speak grammar at the level of “dont you dare try it.” Ah dunno! If this is unreal, this is trivializing kidnapping and rape, two very serious issues.

    • vien

      December 15, 2014 at 12:30 pm

      super story…..just pray u aint joking with rape,unless plenty rapist don dey wait 4 u cos u don fin deir trouble….buh if its tru sha hmmmn ,……11.20pm hmmmn, ur frnds car nt 100percent gud hmmn….cab hmnn…access hmmn …hash tag hmmmn……tipsy hmmn..nuffn oo buh i just dey wonder,ur family no knw buh ur broddas for twitter knw hmmmn…….sorry sha ooooooo ,ndoooo

  21. Personal

    December 12, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    wack marketing for a wack bank. Thank God I abandon my account in that bank. Access bank gat no brain.

  22. Nene

    December 13, 2014 at 12:19 am

    Wow! Clearly a farce. If I were raped, I would not be able to detail it the way she did.Rape is so degrading that you can only tell the story up to the point before the rape, the act itself would be a quick summary and the aftermath a painful blur. Can’t believe people can stoop so low. If she was raped ha! She no fit get hand to tweet mtchew….

  23. chi-e-z

    December 13, 2014 at 12:31 am

    She is telling her real story.

  24. see me see trouble

    December 14, 2014 at 1:34 am

    Bruno always speaks the truth. BN should give him a column to write his thoughts. Just saying… That story is clearly fiction. No rape victim will be bold enough to describe their horrible experience on social media.

  25. Tunmi

    December 14, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    It’s insulting that rape was used in this manner. It’s just as bad as the guys on the norubber suggesting that Elliot Rodger should have gone and rape someone rather than go on a killing spree because the women he was interested in weren’t into him. But which one is “no rape victim will be bold enough to tell on social media”??? Is it not this same BN that countless people have shared their stories? Twitter, Walk Against Rape, and the countless other social media avenues where people were able to regain their voice.

    Please in your attempts to disapprove and condemn something (and rightfully so) please do not aim your shots at victims in telling them how they should narrate their ordeals. @Audrey @Lolo @personal assistant @nene

  26. vien

    December 15, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    super story…..just pray u aint joking with rape,unless plenty rapist don dey wait 4 u cos u don fin deir trouble….buh if its tru sha hmmmn ,……11.20pm hmmmn, ur frnds car nt 100percent gud hmmn….cab hmnn…access hmmn …hash tag hmmmn……tipsy hmmn..nuffn oo buh i just dey wonder,ur family no knw buh ur broddas for twitter knw hmmmn…….sorry sha ooooooo ,ndoooo

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