Much ado about Pay on Delivery

by | Apr 1, 2017

This week started with the quite unfortunate news of the demise of a Jumia delivery man in Porth Harcourt, Rivers state.

The delivery man, whose name was later revealed to be Chukwuma Eleje, was last seen on Saturday after he left his station to deliver items (possibly iPhones) which had been ordered with the ‘Pay on Delivery’ (PoD) option.

3 suspects, a woman and two men, with connection to the death of the delivery man have since been arrested by security operatives over alleged murder.

The incident has forced many to question the status of PoD as a viable model of eCommerce in Nigeria.


While the full facts are yet to be known, official statements have since been released by the management of Jumia Nigeria.

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5 years ago

Yes and yes and yes! I’ve been saying this since. The challenges associated with paying online before delivery can only be addressed when it truly becomes the only method for online ordering. Relevant legislation and consumer protection policies will never kick in provided pay on delivery is an option!

Bhoklits Designs
Bhoklits Designs
5 years ago

Pay on delivery can’t work in Nigeria, not in this climate where Lawlessness is the order of the day. E-Commerce has always been pay online and items are delivered to your door. It could be a bit challenging in Africa but its the only way to safeguard employees safety.

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