A video clip making rounds on social media with a caption saying that a Dangote truck was impounded by the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Benin City, capital of Edo State, has been refuted by the state governemt, saying that the video clip is misleading.
The clip alleged that the Dangote Truck Was impounded by the NDLEA for conveying ammunition and other contraband materials.
However, a statement by the Special Adviser to the Edo State Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, disclosed that “no Dangote Truck was at any time impounded for carrying ammunition in Edo State,” according to Vanguard.
He said that the state government has contacted the NDLEA to ascertain the veracity of the content of the clip, and confirmed that the video is a clip from 2016 published with a malicious intent to mislead the public.
“There has been a video circulating on social media with a footnote that a Dangote truck was impounded in Benin City recently by the NDLEA, for allegedly conveying arms and ammunition and other contraband materials.
“The Commander of NDLEA, Edo State, Buba Wakawa, stated that the truck in the said video was one impounded by his men in 2016, where the driver was found to have connived with some persons to transport cannabis. No arm or ammunition was impounded in that exercise in 2016.
“The driver involved in that incident has since been tried at the High Court in Benin and jailed. The company, Dangote Industries Limited, was found not to have played any role in the crime and the truck has since been returned to the company.”
“The company has also been consistent in issuing warnings that prohibit truck drivers from carrying any product other than Dangote products. Members of the public have also been urged to report erring drivers.
“The general public is hereby advised to disregard the misleading video, even as those behind the promotion of the fake news and misleading message are urged to desist from such mischievous acts.”