The founder and chairman of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote has responded to the allegations by southern states of Nigeria, that his company’s truck vehicles are being used to ship human beings from the North to the Southern states especially the south east.
The DAILY VENDOR had reported on May 19, that the Ohaneze Ndigbo and the town union leaders in Anambra state have sent out a warning against infiltration of strange persons from Northern Nigeria to the Southern part of the country, particularly Anambra State and the Southeast.
The group warned those behind the wickedness to refrain from the act or have themselves to blame.
Several reports backed with photos and videos showing long vehicles allegedly belonging to Dangote group intercepted with human cargo have been making the rounds on social media, even as the Nigerian government banned all inter state movement with exception to only essential services.
Dangote in a letter signed by the Group Chief Communications Officer, Anthony Chiejina, described the allegations as “spurious and misleading.” while appealing to the general public to expose those responsible for the illegal haulage activities.
The letter dated May 27, and titled ‘Allegation of illegal haulage against Dangote Industries Ltd,’ was addressed to the President General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo.
It urged the apex Igbo socio-cultural group to report any Dangote truck driver involved in such illegal act with evidence.
The company however restated that its trucks are permitted to transport only cement, limestone, high grade gypsum, sugar, salt, seasoning and branded sacks/bags.
While releasing phone lines for complaints, Dangote urged Nigerians to forward details of any of its vehicles caught in the act, with it’s content, colour, plate number, location and photographs if possible
The company phone lines for complaints: 08131768000, 08131771111, 08131770999 and 08131771000.