The Dangote Group condemned the ‘deliberate attempt’ by Sahara Reporters to implicate their organisation in things they know nothing about. According to them, “The group or any of our business units has no dealings on the coastline terminals in One Ports Complex nor are we in anyway in any agreement or partnership with the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) or ICSTSI for control of operation of any of its berths in the complex”
In a statement signed by Mr Tony Chiejina, the Group’s spokesperson, frowned at the claims made in the story published in Sahara Reporters. In the statement made available to journalists, which read in parts says
With reference to the online publication by Sahara Reporters on the 9th of May, 2021 titled ‘EXCLUSIVE: How Suspended NPA Boss, Hadiza Usman Awarded Coastline Terminals To Dangote’s Proxy Company In Shady Deal’ Dangote group has come publicly to refute those claims.
The group stated without equivocation that Dangote Group does not own and has no affiliation whatsoever with ICTSI as was suggested in the publication.
According to Dangote Group, it is a smack of irresponsibility for Sahara Reporters to publish such an ill-researched, libelous and foul-intentioned story, aimed at tarnishing the good image of a responsible organisation.
The Group says they will be consulting with their Legal advisers on the steps to take on the issue as further decisions will be communicated in due course.