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Dangote Cement: Authorities release company’s trucks intercepted in Adamawa

*Dangote Cement says the company need not export to Cameroon, as it has an existing cement plant, stating the allegation of attempting to export cement to the neighbouring country is ‘false and malicious’

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The Management of Dangote Cement Plc have stated that two of its trucks wrongly intercepted earlier in Adamawa State have been released.

The conglomerate, which disclosed this development in a statement Mr. Anthony Chiejina, Chief Branding and Communication Officer at Dangote Group,

issued Monday, February 19, 2024, related how the two trucks loaded with 900 bags of cement each from the Obajana Cement Plant were on their way to Jamtari, Maiha Local Government, Adamawa State, based on a customer’s request.

Dangote explained the security agents, however, intercepted them Friday, February 9, accusing the drivers of trying to “export banned products to the Republic of Cameroon through the Adamawa routes.”

The company also stated that the interception followed an Executive Order banning the transportation of food and building materials across the country’s border through Adamawa routes by the Adamawa State Government.

The statement as well indicated that the company has a functional cement plant in Cameroon and that, the allegation of attempting to export cement there is false and malicious.

Chiejina explained that the two trucks were on their way to deliver products requested by a customer and wondered why the security agents would intercept and accuse them of attempting to divert their load to the Republic of Cameroon.

He said: “It was surprising that on their way to deliver the products to the stated address, the security agents on that particular route intercepted them at a village called Wurolabi.”

He said the officers who made the arrest insisted the trucks were on diversion since they apparently did not pay attention to details of what was written on the Waybill.

The company further said the two drivers tried to explain to the soldiers but to no avail.

“Our officials were thereafter invited by the DSS Adamawa State, and we explained to them the true position of things.  “We had to show them the tracking movement of the trucks from the DCP Obajana to the last point where they were arrested by the soldiers, to convince them that the trucks were not crossing to the Republic of Cameroon as was being wrongfully insinuated by some media,” stated the Chief Branding and Communication Officer.

Likewise, Dangote Group noted the Government of Adamawa State, in a media briefing with the Adamawa State Police Headquarters, Friday, February 16, confirmed that both trucks were intended to deliver within the state and were escorted by Police to deliver the products to the customer.

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