Dangote Cement Workers Abducted in Edo State, Dozens Taken, Several Injured in Gunmen Ambush


On Monday, an unspecified number of workers from Dangote Cement were reportedly kidnapped by gunmen suspected to be bandits in an ambush that left several other employees injured from gunshot wounds.

According to reports, the Dangote Cement workers were attacked as they were returning home from work. Suspected bandits ambushed the workers near Okpella, a town in Edo State, which is located close to Okene in Kogi State. Okpella is a part of the Etsako East Local Government Area and is home to a significant cement production facility.

As of Monday evening, witnesses were unable to provide a clear account of the number of people wounded during the ambush or the extent of their injuries.

“Other people are in the bush. My colleague has bullet wounds. A coaster bus filled with staff was attacked at Okpella. Kidnappers,” a witness said. “They kidnapped our whole staff bus. Kidnappers took our staff.”

Michael Odofin, the spokesperson for Okpella Cement Plc, confirmed the attack and abduction

“I cannot give any details right now. The attack is still fresh. We have no one killed,” said Mr Odofin.

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