Seven persons have been killed at the Giwana protest held in Adamawa State after Dangote Sugar Plc in Gyawana deployed soldiers to disperse protesting community residents yesterday.
This was revealed by People’s Gazette who confirmed that soldiers opened fire on the protesters around 5:00pm. The protest is to attack the promotion of Daniel from staff member to a Community relations manager.
Agitating Giwana youth with their protest are requesting that the rank of Community Relations Officer should be reserved for people from Giwana as against the appointed person Mr Daniel who is from Numan.
“A staff member, Daniel who is from Numan was elevated to a manager rank: community relation manager. But the community people want someone from Giwana,” the source said, under conditions of anonymity granted in line with The Gazette’s policy on anonymous sources.
The company, owned by Aliko Dangote, the richest man in Africa, subsequently deployed soldiers to disperse the protesters.
“So, the community protested and the company called soldiers to chase them away. In doing that, the soldiers opened fire,” he added.
The soldiers were said to have arrived at the company in Hilux vans leaving their duty post at Numan bridge.
The spokesperson for Dangote Group, Tony Chiejina, did not respond to The Gazette’s request seeking comments on the incident.