Benue State House of Assembly has directed Governor Samuel Ortom to constitution of a Judicial Commission of Inquiry to investigate the remote and immediate causes of the incessant killings and other dehumanised treatment meted to Benue indigenes at the Dangote Cement Plant Gboko.
The House equally resolved to petition the company to the Human Rights Commission, the Senate and Speaker, House of Representatives through the representatives of the community hosting the Company.
Ruling on a motion of urgent public importance moved by the member representing Gboko East Constituency, Mrs. Ngohemba Agaigbe, the Speaker, Mr. Terkimbi Ikyange Assembly further decried the incessant killings and other dehumanizing treatment meted out to Benue indigenes by security personnel attach to Dangote Cement Company, Gboko, Benue.
In the motion calling on the relevant authorities to intervene in the incessant killing of indigenes of the host community an the account of the activities of the company, Mrs. Agaigbe lamented that since the acquisition of majority shares of the company by Dangote group in 2004, the indigenes had fallen victims of extra judicial killings by security personnel attached to company.
Agaigbe further lamented that the security personnel had on several occasions meted out dehumanizing treatment to even staff and indigenes of the host community, saying, between 2004 and 2014, no fewer than 20 lives had been lost as a result of the unwholesome activities of the security personnel.
”On March 18, 2014 alone seven able bodied young men and ladies were gruesomely murdered and eight seriously injured by the security men,” she said.
She also stated that the Kin and Silo machines which were used for processing limestone into cement was a death trap, stressing that it had killed scores of workers without compensation from the company to the deceased families.
”The company has become a source of recurring sorrows for the Benue people rather than serving the purpose in which it was established,” she said.
In their separate contributions on the matter, Dr Adoga Onah, Mrs Ngunan Addingi and Avine Agbom lamented that the owner of the company, Alh. Aliko Dangote had cared less about the plight of the indigenes, emphasizing that he cannot maltreat indigenes other places that he established factories.
The Majority Leader, Mr Benjamin Adanyi and Mr Adam Okloho blamed the company for placing a ban on production especially during this time of the year which according to them has become a recurring decimal.