Don't Link Our struggle For Compensation With The burning Of Dangote's Property -Ibese Regent - SALIENT TIMES ONLINE


Wednesday, 4 August 2021

Don't Link Our struggle For Compensation With The burning Of Dangote's Property -Ibese Regent

By Our Correspondent

The Regent of Ibese Land, in Yewa North local government Area of Ogun State, Alhaji Tajudeen Adewuyi, has explained, that the Tuesday's crisis in Dangote Cement Company, Ibese has no linkage with the alleged non payment of compensation to people, on their land.

The regent made the denial, while speaking with a cross section of newsmen on phone, explaining  that there was no iota of truth in the purported rumuor.

Alhaji Adewuyi's positon came as some people in the town allegedly went on what he described, as campaigns of calumny that Youths in the town, allegedly went on rampage to vent their spleens on Dagote's alleged refusal to pay them, compensations years after it began explorations on their lands.

It was learnt that some  motorcyclists were reportedly killed in a clash among commercial motorcyclist inYewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State.

The clash, which started on Monday, snowballed into an ethnic crisis between the Hausas and the Yorubas on Tuesday, leaving no fewer than Seven people, dead with, about 12 motorcycles burnt.

It was gathered that the motorcyclists operating at Dangote Cement Factory junction at Ibese were at loggerheads with the union leaders over a hike in ticket fees from N600 to N800.

But speaking with newsmen, on phone, the regent who said elders of the town were on top  of the situation noted that the mayhem had nothing to do with Ibese People and Dangote cement PLC. 

"Be informed that it was miscreants who hijacked the chaotic situation, setting Dangote's property ablaze" he posited, noting that they have commenced moves to arrest the miscreants and bring them to book.

The regent said that the issue with Ibese and Dangote on compensation, was being handled, expressing optimism that the issue was on the verge of  settlement, saying Dangote Cement was cooperating with indigenes of the town.

"I have no doubt in my mind that my people will soon have every reason to  give thank to God" the regent added.

The police spokesman in Ogun State DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi confirmed the incident. He, however, could not confirm the number of casualties.

“The issue is currently under control. It was a minor struggle that had snowballed into a serious crisis,” Oyeyemi said.

“They said the unions increased their ticket fee from N600 to N800 and that was how the crisis started. But how it then turned into the Hausa and Yoruba crisis is what I don’t know.

“But, we are on top of the matter. The situation has been brought under control. Our men are still there as we speak.”