BY FOLASHADE KEHINDE
In a renewed effort to rid the Dangote Group of unscrupulous drivers who engage in illegal haulage activities and others who constitute themselves into menace to other road users, the company’s Drivers’ Patrol team has made several arrests of drivers and handed them over to relevant authorities.
This was disclosed in a statement by the company, made available to The Point on Sunday evening.
Recall that the management of Dangote Group recently solicited the help of members of the public to assist in apprehending those truck drivers who were engaging in illegal haulage activities.
The company had announced a mouth-watering monetary reward for any member of the public who offered information that would lead to the arrest of such lawless persons by the law enforcement agents.Among several others, the team, recently, in the North Central Zone of the country, arrested both a driver and his truck carrying fully loaded illegal haulage of timber and handed them over to the Police.
The driver was subsequently charged to a Magistrate Court in Akwanga, Nasarawa State, for criminal breach of trust where he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to four months incarceration in a correctional center.
While the presiding Magistrate ordered that the truck and load be released to the company and owner respectively, he advised the company to file a civil case against the owner of the goods.
Also, in the South-West region, the Patrol team noticed a third party truck, with Dangote logo on it, parked inside a private company yard in Ode Remo, Ogun State, recently, while offloading granite stone.
The team reported the case at Ode Remo Police Station and got both the driver and the truck arrested. The driver has also been charged to court.
The Dangote Drivers’ Patrol Team has made several more arrests and handed the offending drivers to Police and other relevant authorities for prosecution.
Dangote Management has therefore renewed the warnings to those who illegally transport materials on Dangote trucks, and asserted that such unauthorised goods shall be confiscated while such drivers and owners would face the full extent of the law.
In a statement issued by the Dangote Industries Limited and signed by its Group Chief Branding & Communications Officer, Anthony Chiejina, the company said, “The Management of Dangote Industries Limited wishes to solicit the assistance of the general public in the fight to rid the organisation of illegal haulage activities being perpetrated by some unscrupulous persons.”
To clarify its position, the management went on to list its products and goods, which its over 10,000 trucks operating across the country and the neighbouring West African countries could convey.
It stated, “Dangote Trucks are permitted to transport only the following materials: Dangote Cement Plc – Dangote Cement, Limestone, High Grade Gypsum and Coal; Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc- Dangote Sugar; NASCON Allied Industries Plc – Dangote Salt & DanQ Seasoning; and Dangote Packaging Limited – Bags.”
“We hereby alert the public to report any suspected Dangote Truck driver involved in illegal haulage supported with credible evidence of such act.”
While the Police and other law enforcement agents have been authorised to arrest any Dangote Truck driver and vehicle involved in any such illegal act, the company’s management also urged members of the public to assist in this drive for the common good.