Drivers working for Dangote Cement Factory in Obajana, Kogi State, the largest in sub-Saharan Africa, have stopped conveying their consignments to the five southeast states plus Akwa Ibom State.
TOPMEDIA reports that the drivers’ resolution followed the declaration of a five-day sit-at-home declared by a faction of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) led by a self-acclaimed leader of the outlawed group, Simon Ekpa. Ekpa had ordered people to observe the sit-at-home from December 9 to 14.
The order had triggered deadly attacks in several places in the South-East, with an office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) torched in Owerri, Imo State; and three workers of Dangote Cement killed with their bodies set ablaze along Eha-Amufu road Uzo Local Government Area (LGA) of Enugu State. The killer hoodlums had accused them of being murderous Fulani herdsmen.
Also, police officers; and Prince Iheme, an elder brother to Nollywood actor Osita Iheme, were murdered.
“We kindly write this short note to this company that we are returning some waybills of the southeast states in Nigeria that we drivers are not going to some part of southeast Nigeria due to ongoing situation on the site,” an internal memo sighted by this newspaper reads.
A staff of Dangote, Obajana, also confirmed the development, saying “We have issues of brutality of our drivers in southeastern part.”