The management of Dangote Industries Limited, the parent company of Dangote Cement Plc, on Monday denied involvement in the fire that gutted the Kogi House of Assembly Complex in the early hours of that day.
A statement by the state government through Kingsley Fanwo, the Kogi State Commissioner for Information and Communications, had pointedly accused the company, currently engaged in a running battle with the government, of attempting “to possibly destroy evidence relating to the ownership tussle between the Kogi State Government and the Dangote Group over the Obajana Cement Company.”
Dangote Group in its statement signed by Anthony Chiejina, the Group Chief Branding & Communications Officer, hinted that its lawyers have been briefed on the damaging allegation by the state government.
It condemned the allegation as an “unprofessional and irresponsible attempt to smear our image before local and international investors and thus erode our brand value.”
Dangote Group said contrary to the allegation by the government titled “Obajana: Desperation sets in as imported hoodlums burn down Kogi Assembly,” it “would never stoop so low as to sponsor thugs to destroy any property, belonging to either government or any individual.
“This runs contrary to our business ethos and everything we stand for as a leading manufacturer with teeming customers and consumers across Nigeria and Africa.
The group urged its “stakeholders and the public to disregard such irresponsible and insane statements as we ask all our stakeholders, namely shareholders, customers, suppliers, employees, and the entire community of Obajana and Kogi State at large to remain calm while we follow the legitimate and lawful process to resolve this matter with the State Government.”