THE initiative of Dangote Group in sanitising activities of its drivers engaged in illegal haulage has continued to yield results as its national patrol unit has over a period of time, arrested 244 suspects for various offences inimical to operations of the company.
Magaji Abdullahi, a retired Police commissioner and coordinator of the unit, gave the indication at a press briefing on Tuesday, December 6, at Dangote Cement Factory in Obajana, Kogi State.
Abdullahi said out of the number, 109 had been convicted and jailed while others were being remanded in prison custody for tarnishing image of the company, among them Samaila Yakubu, a kingpin, believed to be leader of the syndicate that specialised in stealing Dangote Group trucks in connivance with drivers.
Yakubu, notorious for terrorising company trucks along South-East and South-South axis was former staff of Dangote Cement Transport Operations Ibese before he was dismissed, and impersonating as recovery officer of the Dangote Group thereafter.
Abduĺahi said the unit recovered five stolen trucks following directives by Aliko Dangote, president/CEO of DANGOTE Group, to curtail rampant cases of theft of company products, properties and trucks.
The unit also observed incessant reports of missing tyres and spare-parts by drivers and took necessary measures including census of such items while the trucks were being dispatched and checking the items of all the fleet on the return trip.
Abdullah called attention of the public and those who buy used tyres to the type of truck tyres of Dangote Group, which he said showcases DO and DI inscriptions followed by some figures and should not be patronised.
The coordinator called on security agents to support Dangote Group’s effort by arresting those who break laws of the company such as reckless drivers, drivers who diverted from approved routes and those unauthorised persons who drove Dangote trucks.
The unit was established in August, 2016 to monitor Dangote drivers, reduce incidence of accidents by the fleet and protect road users.
— Dec 7, 2016 @ 17:30 GMT