Dangote Company Deploys Soldiers Against Ex-Workers In Adamawa, One Killed, Many Injured

A former employee of a agency belonging to Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, has reportedly been killed by the troopers hooked up to the agency, Aliko Dangote’s Savannah Sugar Refinery, within the host group of Gyawana in Adamawa State. 

The troopers, who had been from the 23 Armoured Brigade in Yola, allegedly shot at 5 of a number of protesting youths who had been former staff of the sugar firm.

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The victimised youths are recognized as; Augustine Philemon Dangabas, Peter Amos, Justine Ignatius, Obasanjo Nadi, and the deceased, Gad Jacob.

It was learnt that they had been protesting a mass dismissal of informal staff in Gyawana by the corporate after over 20,000 staff from varied neighbouring communities had been laid off.

But Gyawana, which is the rapid host group, was stated to have recorded greater numbers of dismissal from the corporate.

Meanwhile, the military had claimed in a press release that ‘no single protester was killed’. 

The Assistant Director of Army Public Relations, Haruna Mohammed Sani, claimed that “non-violent means” corresponding to “tear gas and warning shots” had been used to disperse the protesters.

The spokesman of Adamawa Police Command, Sulaiman Nguroje, accused the protesters of being “armed themselves,” threatening the corporate’s employees and asking residents of the employees quarters to vacate the realm. 

Nguroje added that “the tense situation led to the deployment of operational teams, including the military, to ensure that there was no breakdown of law and order in the company and its surroundings.”

But a member of the Gyawana Youth Association, who can also be an worker of he refinery, whose id remained withheld, refuted the police claims saying the police and the military’s claims that the youths had been armed and had threatened to close down the ability and abduct international expatriates had been false.

He disclosed that the troopers shot 5 individuals.

“One is dead, and two have been discharged from hospital while two are still in the hospital. As I talk with you now, there is still no condolence message or anything of the sort from the company,” he merely said.

Confrontations over employment and layoff seem like a cyclical downside that faces the corporate and its host group Gwayana.

In June 2017, the Savannah Sugar Company closed operations for over a month following a battle with the host group for shedding 3,000 informal staff.

The then Group Managing Director, Sugar, Dangote Group, Abdullahi Sule, now Nasarawa governor, had described the layoff as “normal” and criticised the corporate’s poor dealing with of the incident when he was on trip.

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