Travelling through the length and breadth of Nigeria, its is a common sight to see Trucks belonging to the Dangote Group of Companies abandoned or parked by the road side, but it appears that after losing 3.5 million tyres in questionable circumstances, the conglomerate has declared 285 of its truck drivers wanted.
According to the Coordinator of Dangote’s National Patrol Unit, Abdullahi Magaji,the drivers are wanted for the “theft of about 3.5 million customized tyres of the company”,
Magaji speaking to journalists in Lokoja said;
“Already, 285 drivers identified to have collected 285 tyres have been declared wanted while a number of others are on the run. Already, we have stopped their salaries and we are looking for them. So far, about 3.5 million tyres are missing from the company and we believe they are in circulation within and outside the country. We are determined to recover them.”
Mr Magaji said that each of the missing tyres had an identification number, which was registered against the driver’s name at the point of collection.
“We are appealing to those patronizing the drivers and who encouraged them to steal our tyres to stop forthwith. Dangote tyres are customized and marked. Dealers and vulcanizers should please beware.”
“People should ensure that the tyres they buy either as new or second hand are not customized Dangote tyres. We have arraigned some drivers and dealers caught with tyres and efforts are being made to arrest vulcanisers involved”
Mr. Magaji said that the President of Dangote Group of Companies, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, had expressed concern over the incident, adding that the company was trying to stop the ugly development.
He appealed to those in custody of the tyres to return them “quietly”, either to the company or to the nearest police station to avoid unpleasant consequences, if caught.
Magaji expressed his firm’s gratitude to the media for sensitizing Nigerians on the zero-tolerance disposition of the management of the company for reckless driving and illegal haulage.
He also said that the company was aware of cases of illegal haulage and its recent efforts at checkmating the vice has seen it’s occurrence levels drop to 85%. Magaji said accidents involving Dangote vehicles had drastically reduced, stressing the company’s resolve to update its transport services to comply with best practices.