Dangote Group, the Largest Manufacturing Conglomerate in West Africa has announced the theft of 3.5 million truck tyres of the Group.
The Group said about 285 drivers of the trucks have been declared wanted in connection of the act. The tyres which bear the company’s imprint were stolen over some time.
The Coordinator of the company’s National Patrol Unit, Alhaji Abdullahi Magaji, said each tyre of the company had an identification number and the number was registered against the driver’s name at collection point.
”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.
”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,” he said.
According to Magaji, several security agents are presently on the hunt for an identified kinpin who comes to Obajana and Kano to buy the tyres of the drivers.
Magaji appealing to the public said“Our appeal to vulcanisers is to always look out for our logo on the tyres and report accordingly,”.
The former commissioner of police has advised that whosoever or is in connection to the custody of the tyres to return them quietly to the company or nearest police station to them to avoid vexatious consequences when apprehended.
Magaji noted that while illegal haulage had dropped by about 85 per cent, accidents involving Dangote vehicles had reduced drastically, adding that a silent revolution was going on in the company’s transport section to sanitise it.