Dangote declares 285 drivers wanted for alleged theft of 3.5 million tyres

FILE PHOTO: Dangote trailer

The Dangote Group of Companies Plc has declared 285 truck drivers wanted over theft of about 3.5 million customised tyres of the company.

The Coordinator of the company’s National Patrol Unit, Abdullahi Magaji, a retired commissioner of police, disclosed this while addressing journalists on Sunday in Lokoja.

Mr. Magaji said each tyre of the company had an identification number and the number was registered against the driver’s name at collection point.

”Already, 285 drivers identified to have collected 285 tyres have been declared wanted while a number of others are on the run.

”Already, we have stopped their salaries and we are looking for them. So far, about 3.5 million tyres are missing from the company and we believe they are in circulation within and outside the country. We are determined to recover them.

”We are appealing to those patronising the drivers and who encouraged them to steal our tyres to stop forthwith. Dangote tyres are customised and marked. Dealers and vulcanisers should please beware.

”People should ensure that the tyres they buy either as new or second hand are not customised Dangote tyres. We have arraigned some drivers and dealers caught with tyres and efforts are being made to arrest vulcanisers involved,” he said.

According to Mr. Magaji, security agents are presently on the trail of an identified kinpin who comes to Obajana and Kano to buy the tyres of the drivers.

“Our appeal to vulcanisers is to always look out for our logo on the tyres and report accordingly,” the coordinator said.

Aliko Dangote, President, Dangote Group
Aliko Dangote, President, Dangote Group

He said that the president of the group of companies, Aliko Dangote, had expressed concern over the incident, adding that the company was trying by all means to stop the ugly development.

The former commissioner of police appealed to those in custody of the tyres to return them “quietly”, either to the company or to the nearest police station to avoid unpleasant consequences, if caught.

He expressed his firm’s gratitude to the media for sensitising Nigerians on the zero-tolerance disposition of the management of the company for reckless driving and illegal haulage.

Mr. Magaji noted that while illegal haulage had dropped by about 85 per cent, accidents involving Dangote vehicles had reduced drastically, adding that a silent revolution was going on in the company’s transport section to sanitise it.



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  • Dejandon

    Kai! Naijas!!! These are people who begged to apply but will not hesitste to pee in the well they are drinking from. Some of them will even justify it that ” its only one or two tyres that i am stealing, afterall the man get money” lacking understanding of the fact that a huge house can be destroyed with tiny bites of multitude of termites.

    • musa aliyu

      How much did the man swindle from Nigeria through fraudulent tax waivers, import- waivers, false declaration of taxable assets? A beg, make we hear wordi! Na thief steal from hin fellow brother.

      • Kunle

        Aren’t you a perfect example of the point Dejadon just made 😐

      • paul irumundomon

        That is why unemployment will continue to rise, thank you for your comment

  • John A

    Efforts are being made to arrest vulcanisers involved,” he said.
    According to Mr. Magaji.

    What is the offence of the vulaniser mr. Magaji?

    • Otile

      Don’t say vulcanisers, say fucknisers.

      • John A


      • The oneNigeria

        Bros until recently I still call them fuckanizers .

        • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

          LWKMD. Nice one bros

  • Otile

    This is terrible, they now rustle lorries as they rustle cows. So they want to liquidate this man. Allah no go gree. Barayi banza.

  • dawas

    Really unacceptable for the organization to declare 3.5 millions of tyres missing without detection through the controls established by the management. This is an indication that the design and application of the internal control is non existence. The company must have employed an ANAN accountant because they are cheap.

  • Paul Irumundomon

    These are no politicians, no body can do business in nigeria successfully because of fraud everywhere. I ran away with one of my pants hanging out.

  • thusspokez

    These people don’t seem to have heard of microchip. If the tyres are customized, why not microchip them during the customization process?

  • Paul Irumundomon

    This is what Nigerians do, in every company or ministry. This is a signature culture of Nigerians, from the very big to the smallest. The only time I was never duped was when I close for Christmas and newyear, and i personally luck my gates.

    • adebayo


      • paul irumundomon

        Try save some money. Set up pure water kiosk, hire two staffs, let me known if you will survive one year. Some nigerians invest in how others must fail, is my country, that is just the truth.
        What you see happen in aso rock, also happens in akara seller envirolment, a kiosk where bread and tea are sold. If Dangote is not rich, how can an average man survive such theft, 3.5 million tires, stolen. I’m not funny at all, is what is on ground in nigeria, daily and everywhere.

  • Rominiyis

    There is acute shortage of Tires in Nigeria. An European brand 1 new Tractor trailer Tire can cost as much as 150,000 Naira. Chinese or Indian made as much as 100,000 Naira. 1 Jumbo size Tires Chinese 130,000 Naira. No company in Nigeria would bother buying European or American New Jumbo T.trailer Tire. Too expensive. Thieves now deem it more worthwhile to steal Tires than the truck or goods on it. Government needs to intervene to protect jobs in the industry. Companies and individuals are parking their vehicles because of none availability of affordable Tires. Foods are expensive because the cost haulage affect price and expensive Tires are partly responsible. Accidents and loss of lives also.
    There is not a single automobile manufacturer in Nigeria they are all importers and auto assembly using the ruse to get cheap dollars at exchange rate of 50 to 100 Naira per dollar only to sell their imports at market rate.
    The federal ministry of Transport is ineffective and almost none existent.