Nigerian Army Over Reacted At Dangote Factory – Adamawa Governor Condemns Killings
Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri, has condemned the military of using live ammunition in reaction to the protest at the Dangote Sugar Factory in Gyawana, Adamawa State.
Fintiri paid a visit to the area, condemning the military for applying excessive force. The governor disclosed that six of the protesters were shot and they are critically injured and seeking medical attention.
In his words: “We are here to sympathise with the youths that had issues with the military who were having some industrial issues with Dangote Sugar Company.
“And I was reliably informed that six of them were shot and they are critically injured and they are in the hospital. So, I felt that it is my responsibility to come straight and see them, assess the situation and take appropriate action.
“There’s bound to be disagreements but i think nobody should take it too far. The military went too far. The youths also did not exercise restrain to explore the constitutional way of solving the problem.”
Meanwhile, Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, Major Haruna Mohammed Sani, issued a statement where he refuted claims the soldiers shot directly at protesters. He explained that the soldiers only fired warning shots to disperse the crowd.
The statement reads, “The attention of Headquarters 23 Brigade Nigerian Army has been drawn to a mischievous Sahara Reporters story alleging soldiers opened fire on protesting staff of Dangote Sugar Company at Gyawana district under Lafiya Lamurde Local Government Area of Adamawa State.
“To give the proper perspective on the libelous narrative, this headquarters wishes to inform the general public that on 15 July, 2021 at about 2: 00 pm, the Gyawana community staged a protest against the management of Dangote Sugar Company threatening to shut down the establishment and abduct foreign expatriates for sacking some staff of the company who are members of the host community.