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Controversy Trails Alleged Death Of Protesting Worker At Dangote Refinery

Aliko Dangote

The workers were demanding an increment in their salaries when the incident happened.

Policemen have allegedly killed a worker at Dangote Refinery during a protest in front of the company at Ibeju, Lekki, Lagos on Tuesday.

Dangote’s refinery

The workers were demanding an increment in their salaries when the incident happened.

One of the workers said the company invited the police to disperse them as they converged today.

“Workers are fighting for increment of salary since last week.

“Because of the protest, Dangote ordered everybody to stop work.

“As we were protesting this morning, someone was killed by the police. His body has been taken to the hospital,” said one of the workers in a video.

The incident has led to unrest in the area as angry youth invaded the entrance of the company.

They also started a bonfire while protesting the killing of the worker.

The company said the workers were not directly employed by Dangote Refinery but through a contractor, Onshore.

A spokesperson for Dangote Group said the workers were engaged by a contractor but the group has been working to ensure adequate compensation of workers and resolve the dispute.

“Our attention has been drawn to an issue on social media alleging staff protest at the refinery over salary increment dispute.

“The protesters are direct employees of Onshore, Offshore (Oil) and Chemie-Tech subcontractors, who are currently dealing with an industrial dispute with their employees.

“The situation is under control as we are mediating with the parties involved,” Tony Chiejina, a spokesperson for the company said in a statement reacting to the incident.

Meanwhile, the police authority in Lagos has denied the killing. 

In a statement issued by Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, SP Muyiwa Adejobi said there was no iota of truth I’m the alleged killing

Below is the full press statement 

POLICE PRESS RELEASE, LAGOS STATE COMMAND, DATED 5TH NOVEMBER, 2020.

KILLING AT DANGOTE REFINERY NOT TRUE.

The attention of the Lagos State Police Command has been drawn to a false and mischievous report in the news that the police in Lagos State shot and killed a worker of one of the companies working for Dangote Refinery in Lagos on 3rd of Novermber, 2020.

The command wishes to debunk the report and regard it as baseless, unfounded and a calculated attempt to heat up the state in order to cause another set of chaos. 

The workers of some of the  companies working at the refinery had protested against non payment of their allowances and poor welfare package by their respective employers on 3rd November, 2020. They were addressed and dispersed peaceably to their various places on the same day. There was no shooting of whatever kind at the refinery  during the protest. 

Its was surprising to read in the mendacious news that one Mr Sunday Aondowwase, m, 37 year- old, employee of Cinoma Contractors, working on the site, was shot and killed by the police during the protest. The man that was claimed to have been killed by the police, as contained in the fake news,  is alive. He came up to the Dangote Refinery on 4th November, 2020, to refute the death rumour. He was recieved by the DPO Akodo Station CSP Orire Thomas and senior staff of the refinery.

The command, therefore, wishes to appeal to the general public to disregard the news and always endeavour to confirm any peddled news, particularly on the social media, as such fake breaking news, without adequate confirmation, could be dangerous and counterproductive. The general public is also urged to be wary of the antics of certain social media influencers who are bent on regularly creating violence in the state and across the country in general.

SIGNED 

SP OLUMUYIWA ADEJOBI(mnipr)

POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER 

LAGOS STATE COMMAND 

IKEJA

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