Dangote declares 285 truck drivers wanted as 3.5 million tyres disappears


After losing 3.5 million tyres in questionable cir­cumstances, Dangote Group of Companies Plc, has declared 285 of its truck drivers wanted.

They are wanted for the “theft of about 3.5 million customised tyres of the company”, the Coor­dinator of Dangote’s National Pa­trol Unit, Abdullahi Magaji, said on Sunday.

Magaji, a retired Commis­sioner of Police, told journalists in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, that each of the missing tyres had an identification number, which was registered against the driver’s name at the point of collection.

He 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.

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“We are appealing to those patronising the drivers and who encouraged them to steal our tyres to stop forthwith. Dangote tyres are customised and marked. Dealers and vulcanisers should please beware.

“People should ensure that the tyres they buy either as new or second hand are not custom­ised Dangote tyres. We have ar­raigned some drivers and dealers caught with tyres and efforts are being made to arrest vulcanisers involved,” Magaji said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) further quoted Magaji as saying that security agents are on the trail of a known kingpin who comes to Obajana and Kano to buy the tyres from the drivers.

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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 sensi­tising Nigerians on the zero-tol­erance disposition of the man­agement of the company for reckless driving and illegal haul­age.

He said that while illegal haulage had dropped by about 85 percent, accidents involving Dangote vehicles had drastical­ly reduced, adding that a silent revolution was going on in the company’s transport section to sanitise it.

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