Why Kogi State House Of Assembly Threatened To Arrest Dangote Over His Cement Factory
The Kogi state House of Assembly members have issued arrest threat to the CEO of the Dangote group of companies, Aliko Dangote.
Dangote who is the current richest African man, risks being arrested in the order of the Kogi state House of Assembly who accuse him of blatant regard to the invitation to appear before the Kogi state House of Assembly months ago.
According to reports, Dangote was summoned by the Kogi state House of Assembly over the controversy surrounding the acquisition of his Dangote Cement factory, Obajana. His refusal to appear before the Kogi state House of Assembly despite consenting to do so, resulted in the sealing of his cement factory as well as threat of arrest by the Kogi state House of Assembly.
The sealing off of the cement factory by the state’s legislature became necessary after investigation on the acquisition of the said cement factory revealed that due and legal process was not followed.
Interestingly, the news of the sealing of the facilities elicited jubilation in the youths of Obajana who accused the Dangote of abandoning his social responsibility to the community as well as making them die and contract diseases from the industrial wastes of the factory which are allegedly not well managed. The jubilant youths reportedly marched to the factory facilities to expel the workers but was however stopped by the Kogi state government.
Speaking to newsmen, Kingsley Fanwo, Kogi state information commissioner said: “Pursuant to the constitutional authorities of the Kogi State House of Assembly, and upon petition by the people of Kogi state, an investigation was carried out on the acquisition of Obajana Cement Company by Dangote Company.
“It was found that no valid acquisition took place, as Dangote could not show evidence of what was paid as consideration for the acquisition. The legislators invited the chairman of the company, Aliko Dangote, before the house for explanations, but he failed to appear before the state assembly, giving excuses.”