“We haven’t commenced operations in Ibadan.” — SafeBoda’s country manager

There was news making rounds recently of SafeBoda’s launch in Ibadan, Nigeria. According to a report, the Ugandan bike-hailing startup supposedly launched in Ibadan with no bikes operating. This also brings to mind a similar rumour of a launch in Lagos early this year. However, SafeBoda is yet to release a statement confirming expansion into Nigeria.

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Notwithstanding, a few occurrences may have raised suspicions concerning the startup’s presence in the country. In May, SafeBoda hired an ex-Andelan, Babajide Duroshola, as its country manager. Following this, Duroshola released a job advertisement in September calling for drivers and operations managers in Ibadan, Abeokuta, and Kaduna. In addition, the business reportedly has a physical office in Ibadan.

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