The Dangote Group says it has lost no fewer than 3.5million tyres to thieves over a period.
Abdullahi Magaji, coordinator of the company’s National Patrol Unit, told journalists on Sunday, in Lokoja, that 285 drivers were wanted in connection with the theft of some of the tyres. Many others are on the run, he said.
Magaji said each tyre of the company had an identification number and the number was registered against the driver’s name at collection point.
He stated: “So far, about 3.5 million tyres are missing from the company and we believe they are in circulation within and outside the country. We are determined to recover them.
“We are appealing to those patronising the drivers and who encouraged them to steal our tyres to stop forthwith. Dangote tyres are customised and marked. Dealers and vulcanisers should please beware.
”People should ensure that the tyres they buy either as new or second-hand are not customised Dangote tyres. We have arraigned some drivers and dealers caught with tyres and efforts are being made to arrest vulcanisers involved.”
Security agents, he added, were looking for an identified kingpin who comes to Obajana and Kano to buy the tyres from the drivers.