Punch reported that, transport section of Dangote Cement Ibese Plant has
intercepted one of the company’s truck loaded with contrabands in
Ibadan, and handed the drivers over to the Nigeria Customs Service for
proper investigation and possible prosecution.
The arrest of the drivers, according to Dangote
Cement, was effected by a
team of its security personnel led by the
chief security officer, who acted on intelligence bordering on
misconduct by some of the drivers.
While handing over the drivers and the motor boy to the Customs
authority, Assistant General Manager in charge of security services,
Dangote Cement Ibese Plant, Ali Garba, explained that the company had a
surveillance section that monitors all the trucks and their drivers’
“On June 7, 2017 at about 1820 hours, intelligence information received
by Dangote senior drivers Ibese led to the interception of a Dantrans
truck No. KMC 38 XR/ICT-13A-083 driven by a former and dismissed driver
Ismaila Abubakar. The truck was loaded with frozen turkey allegedly
loaded at Iyana Isolo, Lagos State and heading to Benin City, Edo State”
Garba added that while Nasiru H. Ahmed 284393 was the bona fide driver
of truck KMC 38 XR/ICT-13A-083, preliminary investigation revealed that
on June 2, he loaded 900 bags of cement for the Benin Depot.
He added, “At Kara Garage in Benin City, Nasiru H. Ahmed dropped from
the vehicle and travelled to Birnin Gwari in Kaduna State, leaving the
truck in the care of his motor boys, Bilyaminu Abdullahi and Bashiru,
with the dismissed driver, Ismaila Abubakar.”
“Unfortunately for the bona fide driver, Ismaila Abubakar drove the
truck from Kara to the Benin Depot for offloading of the cement after
removing the truck tracking system and left it in Benin City.
“Investigation revealed further that instead of driving straight to the
plant, they decided to go to Iyana-Isolo in Lagos State to lift frozen
turkey to Benin City at the cost of N350,000, out of which only N70,000
was paid as part-payment.”