- The manager of a Dangote cement plant in Ethiopia has been killed by unidentified gunmen
- According to a government statement, the deceased was returning from the factory alongside two company employees when he was killed
- The plant – Ethiopia’s largest cement producer – was inaugurated in May 2015
Unidentified gunmen killed the manager of a plant owned by Nigeria’s Dangote Industries Limited in Ethiopia on Wednesday, May 16, after he was attacked in the restive Oromiya region while returning to the capital from the factory, officials said.
Oromiya, which surrounds the capital Addis Ababa, was plagued by violence for over two years, largely fueled by a sense of political and economic marginalisation among its young population, NAN reports.
NAIJ.com notes that hundreds died in the violence that was triggered in 2015 by demonstrations over land rights, before they broadened into rallies over freedoms that spread to other regions.
“The company’s director died following an attack by unknown gunmen that took place while returning from the factory alongside two company employees,” a government statement said. Security forces are currently pursuing the assailants,” it added.
The statement called on residents in the area to help gather details.
Representatives of the company in Nigeria were not immediately available for comments. It was not immediately clear whether it was the company’s country representative or the plant manager who died in the attack.
During the unrest, some vehicles belonging to the firm were torched by protesters.
Company heads have been in discussions with the region’s authorities to boost employment opportunities.
The plant – Ethiopia’s largest cement producer – was inaugurated in May 2015.
The country remains under a state of emergency imposed in February, a day after Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn resigned.
Former Army officer Abiy Ahmed has since replaced him. Since taking over amid the unrest that threatened the ruling coalition’s tight grip, Ahmed has vowed “a new political beginning”, including more democratic rights.
This unfortunate development follows a previous report by NAIJ.com that Nigerian business mogul, Alhaji Aliko Dangote was included on the 2018 Forbes World's Most Powerful People List.
Dangote was the only Nigerian to make the 75-person list; and was placed on the 66th position, one step ahead of the US vice president, Mike Pence, who occupied the 67th position.
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