The Association of Drivers of Dangote Cement Transport, Obajana in Kogi State has directed all its members to boycott the transportation of cement to the South East region of Nigeria.
The association said the decision was taken because of the security situation in the region and Akwa Ibom State in the South-South.
A memo dated December 11, 2022, sent by the drivers’ association to the company said: “We kindly write this short notice to the company that we are returning some waybills of the Southeast state Nigeria that we driver (sic) are not going to some part (sic) of southeast Nigeria due to the ongoing situation of the side in Nigeria. Those parts (sic) of the southeast are as follows: 1. Enugu, 2. Anambra, 3. Abia, 4. I, 5. Ebonyi, 6. Akwa Ibom
Criminals enforcing sit-at-home orders in the South East have in the past burnt trucks belonging to Dangote Cement and reportedly killed some of the company’s drivers.
This comes a few days after the leadership of some Northern groups involved in commercial activities between the North and South East zone directed commodity traders and truck drivers to shun the zone over the incessant killing of their members by gunmen suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The Coordinator of the Northern Consensus Forum, Dr. Auwal Abdullahi Aliyu, said they declared a warning strike due to the constant killing of the northerners in the South East, adding that not less than 100 northerners were murdered in the zone within a week.
Aliyu claimed that the strike had started to have an effect and that security agencies, northern state governors, and residents in the impacted zone had all been informed.
“We have blocked the roads linking the North to the East ranging from Benue, Nasarawa, Kwara, and Plateau states among others, and the truck drivers are cooperating with us,” he had said.