Aliko Dangote had ordered his management of Dangote Group of Companies to begin ‘Weed Out’ on suspects connected to the stolen 3.5 million customised tyres that were looted away by corrupt employees of the company to be sold to public users.
It has, therefore, issued a strong warning to the public against purchase of such customised Dangote tyres with its logo boldly inscribed on them, as they would be arrested and prosecuted by law if found with any.
The coordinator of Dangote Group’s National Patrol Unit, CP Abdullahi Magagi (Rtd.) who spoke to newsmen in Lokoja yesterday, revealed that about 285 persons suspected to have indulged in the shady business are facing trials nationalwide.
He alleged that 85 company empolyed vulcanisers went into hideout after being declared wanted over the firm’s stolen tyres.“Over 3.5 million customised Dangote tyres were declared missing and are in circulation across the country. He therefore stated that the management of the company is resolute and determined to recover them through any means legal.
In his words, “Those in possession of our tyres are advised, in their own interest, to return them quietly to the nearest police station, if not we will get them arrested and prosecuted,” he stressed, adding that about 285 commercial drivers and Dangote drivers are now languishing in jail for stealing tyres, while 85 vulcanizers are already on the wanted list.
When contacted, The former Commissioner of Police noted that the kingpin of the black market business, who often comes to Obajana from Kano to buy the company’s tyres, has been identified, noting that the suspect would soon be apprehended and prosecuted.
Magaji further cautioned tyre depot owners to be wary of Dangote drivers, who might give them tyres to sell, disclosing that Dangote Group has concluded plans to establish a tyre company in the country.
On reckless driving by the company’s drivers, he announced that the firm has deployed patrol teams across the country to check the spate of reckless driving of drivers in its fleet, Magaji, however, warned them against reckless driving and illegal haulage, saying such illegalities will not go unpunished.