African Billionaire Dangote, Nigerian Police, Disregard Coroner's Verdict To Compensate Accident Victims

Aliko Dangote
By Ben Ezemalu

Africa’s richest man, Aliku Dangote, has refused to pay up compensation for about 40 deaths caused by his company’s truck driver.

Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, who is worth N1.7 trillion ($11.2 billion) according to Forbes magazine has, through his company - Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc - refused to respect a court ruling which resulted from the killing of dozens of people by one of his employees, while on official duty.

A driver belonging to the company had rammed a company truck into waiting vehicles, resulting in an inferno which claimed over 40 lives.

The chief coroner, after investigation of the incident, had found the company driver culpable and ordered the company to compensate the families of the victims.

The total compensation to be paid by Mr. Dangote’s company is less than N200 million, about 0.01 percent of what the billionaire is worth.

The ruling

On April 25, in a crowded court room in Lagos, Tajudeen Elias, chief coroner at the Ikeja Magistrate Court, pronounced his verdict on what is, arguably, the longest dragging inquest since the advent of the Coroner's Law in the state in 2007.

The 19-month long inquest, which suffered more than a dozen adjournments, was initiated by Access to Justice (a non-governmental organisation), and Falana and Falana Chambers (a law firm), to determine the cause of a horrific accident in 2010; when a Dangote Sugar Refinery truck rammed into waiting vehicles along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

The resulting inferno led to the loss of over 40 lives as human occupants and metallic parts got charred in one of the severest fatalities on the expressway.

Reading his verdict in a capacity filled room, Mr. Elias told the Sugar Refinery Company, owned by Mr. Dangote, to issue a public apology as well as pay a “minimal compensation” to the accident victims and their families within three months.

Mr. Elias also indicted officers of the Nigeria Police for mounting a roadblock which caused a traffic snarl in the minutes leading to the accident.

Also, the verdict ignored the sugar company's lawyers' claims during the inquest that Salisu Lawal, the driver of the fatal truck, was dead. Mr. Elias mandated them to provide him within three months.

Mum is the word

Three months after Mr. Elias delivered his verdict; the management of the sugar refinery have neither issued the apology nor paid the compensation to the victims and their families.

In May, one month after the coroner's verdict, Access to Justice, one of the parties who instituted the inquest, wrote a reminder to the management of Dangote Industries.

A similar letter was sent to the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar.

Both letters did not receive any response.

“We made these presentations to Dangote as well as the police. As I speak with you, they have drawn a blank,” said Joseph Otteh, the Executive Director of Access to Justice, a non-governmental organization.

“They gave us the impression that they would (respond), but they still haven't.

“I guess they are testing our resolve, whether indeed we would carry out what we said we would do,” Mr. Otteh added.

In the letter addressed to the Chairman of Dangote Industries, the group demanded N160million as cost of losses suffered by the accident victims and their families.

“Since the 15th of August 2010 when these unfortunate multiple accidents occurred, up till this moment, Dangote Sugar Refinery has not lifted a finger; it has not contacted any of those we represent for anything whatsoever,” the letter, dated May 22, reads.

“At the time of the accidents, your company representatives did not provide emergency first aid care to our clients, did not visit the injured ones when they were hospitalized, or visit families of deceased victims to offer condolences afterwards,” the letter added.

Access to Justice, on behalf of the accident victims, also demanded a N218 million compensation from the Nigeria Police.

They also asked that the officers who set up the checkpoints be “searched out and disciplined accordingly”.

Phone calls to Sunday Esan, General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Dangote Industries Limited were not answered. Text messages were also not replied.

Ngozi Braide, Lagos State Police spokesperson, said that she was unaware of the coroner's verdict.

I just resumed at this post,” said Ms. Braide, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, who was appointed in June.

To the courts

In his verdict, Mr. Elias described Dangote Industries’ attitude towards the accident victims and their families as “appalling”.

“The company ought to show serious concern in the course of its corporate responsibility to the public,” said Mr. Elias.

Access to Justice said that the “only alternative” left for them to press home their demands is the court of law.

“It would have been a lot better if, having been told in non-ambiguous terms that their truck was primarily responsible for that disastrous accident, that they would have, at least, made some efforts for their sins,” said Mr. Otteh.

“Ever since that accident happened, Dangote has not lifted a finger to even say ‘who are those people whose lives were shattered, traumatized by the acts of our company or those who are employed by us’,” Mr. Otteh added.

Mr. Otteh said that his group has not rushed to court after the inquest because it is “finalising” its court papers.

He said his organisation wrote to Dangote and the police with the expectation that the two parties would be willing to resolve the issues, based on the coroner's verdict.

"Unfortunately, they are the ones forcing us into a court action,” he said.

 SOURCE: PREMIUMTIMES

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In a country were u have the

In a country were u have the Africa most richest MAN so to say, no electricity, no good roads and quality education. what now make u the most richest man in Africa

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@Ediri

@Ediri, stop fooling yourself-here-I know u are that kpako head tundemess--he does not think-very empty--if the first civilian governor of bayelsa state, Alams, assumed the mantle of leadership in that state in 2005-and oil was discovered there in 1957-----it simply means stealing started in bayelsa state just 7 yrs ago-when was lagos state kano and kaduna or imo states created then-what about the FCT in abuja? See the level of cheating in the SS? When boro started agitating for creation of states in 1960-a state was established for him only in 1996-that is the owners of the oil wells have been in charge just 7yrs ago out of the 60 yrs that tundemess and farouks have been stealing us blind--time for us to say good bye-

thanks Adeola Gbenga unlike some other fake lawyer called OC

@ Ben Ezemalu @Sahara Reporters
Please can you guys get the details to Adeola Gbenga Ajibade Osuntola who said:
"I am a Solicitor f Senior Courts of England and Wales. Get a copy of the judgement to me in London and I will enforce it for you. There should be no problem whatsoever.

The lawyers in Nigeria need to wake up and do proper job for their clients. The world is now one common market and there are procedures in place in London to enforce judgements. This is a simple and not as hard as you people thought. I promise I can enforce this judgement against Dangote's company unless all his assets are in Nigeria and he keeps all his money in Naira.

Thanks
Adeola Gbenga Ajibade Osuntola
27 Bowater Place, Blackheath London. SE3 8ST."

Thanks Adeola for putting your service at the use of the poor unlike some fake london lawyer called OC (Osi Akponobi) !

thanks Adeola Gbenga unlike some other fake lawyer called OC

@ Ben Ezemalu @Sahara Reporters
Please can you guys get the details to Adeola Gbenga Ajibade Osuntola who said:
"I am a Solicitor f Senior Courts of England and Wales. Get a copy of the judgement to me in London and I will enforce it for you. There should be no problem whatsoever.

The lawyers in Nigeria need to wake up and do proper job for their clients. The world is now one common market and there are procedures in place in London to enforce judgements. This is a simple and not as hard as you people thought. I promise I can enforce this judgement against Dangote's company unless all his assets are in Nigeria and he keeps all his money in Naira.

Thanks
Adeola Gbenga Ajibade Osuntola
27 Bowater Place, Blackheath London. SE3 8ST."

Thanks Adeola for putting your service at the use of the poor unlike some fake london lawyer called OC (Osi Akponobi) !

@ Ben Ezemalu @Sahara Reporters

@ Ben Ezemalu @Sahara Reporters
Please can you guys get the details to Adeola Gbenga Ajibade Osuntola who said:
"I am a Solicitor f Senior Courts of England and Wales. Get a copy of the judgement to me in London and I will enforce it for you. There should be no problem whatsoever.

The lawyers in Nigeria need to wake up and do proper job for their clients. The world is now one common market and there are procedures in place in London to enforce judgements. This is a simple and not as hard as you people thought. I promise I can enforce this judgement against Dangote's company unless all his assets are in Nigeria and he keeps all his money in Naira.

Thanks

Adeola Gbenga Ajibade Osuntola
27 Bowater Place, Blackheath London. SE3 8ST."
Thanks Adeola for putting your service at the use of the poor unlike some fake lawyer called OC !

@ Ben Ezemalu @Sahara

@ Ben Ezemalu @Sahara Reporters
Please can you guys get the details to Adeola Gbenga Ajibade Osuntola who said:
"I am a Solicitor f Senior Courts of England and Wales. Get a copy of the judgement to me in London and I will enforce it for you. There should be no problem whatsoever.

The lawyers in Nigeria need to wake up and do proper job for their clients. The world is now one common market and there are procedures in place in London to enforce judgements. This is a simple and not as hard as you people thought. I promise I can enforce this judgement against Dangote's company unless all his assets are in Nigeria and he keeps all his money in Naira.

Thanks

Adeola Gbenga Ajibade Osuntola
27 Bowater Place, Blackheath London. SE3 8ST."
Thanks Adeola for putting your service at the use of the poor unlike some fake lawyer called OC !

Stop, stop and stop using

Stop, stop and stop using God's word for all these nonsense. Stop! Stop! don't be ignorant. God will not come down from heaven to help Nigeria.

Obey the commandment from God.

God loves us and wants the best for us, that is why His only son died for our sins. We are familiar with: Chief Dr. Diepreye Solomon Peter Alamieyeseigha (JP) (first Executive Governor: 29
May 1999 – 9 December 2005)
Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (second Executive Governor: 12 December 2005 – 29 May 2007).
Chief Timipre Sylva (Executive Governor: 29 May 2007 - 16 April 2008)
Rt. Hon. Werinipre Seibarugu (Acting Governor: 16 April 2008 - 27 May, 2008)
Chief Timipre Sylva (Executive Governor: 27 May, 2008 - Date). James Onanefe Ibori, Emmanuel Uduaghan, Samuel Ogbemudia, Anthony Aneni, Olusegun Obasanjo, etc, but who we want to lead, depend on us. 'Love thy neighbour as thyself'

Obey the commandment from God.

God loves us and wants the best for us, that is why His only son died for our sins. We are familiar with: Chief Dr. Diepreye Solomon Peter Alamieyeseigha (JP) (first Executive Governor: 29 May 1999 – 9 December 2005)
Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (second Executive Governor: 12 December 2005 – 29 May 2007).
Chief Timipre Sylva (Executive Governor: 29 May 2007 - 16 April 2008)
Rt. Hon. Werinipre Seibarugu (Acting Governor: 16 April 2008 - 27 May, 2008)
Chief Timipre Sylva (Executive Governor: 27 May, 2008 - Date). James Onanefe Ibori, Emmanuel Uduaghan, Samuel Ogbemudia, Anthony Aneni, Olusegun Obasanjo, etc, but who we want to lead, depend on us. 'Love thy neighbour as thyself'

A Wrong Ruling

The issue here is not about Dangote which am sure SR should know better. The Issue is about insured risk of the vehicle. The question here is is the vehicle insured or not. If the vehicle is insured then the damages is awarded against the insurance and not the owner in person that is the purpose of insurance. On the other hand if the vehicle is not insured then the owner as in this case Dangote becomes liable and should be made to pay and the driver charged in person for driving uninsured
vehicle.

Pay out

The sugar company or dangote should payout

Illiterate Nigerians.

When ever there is an issue very mumu that has access to social media will start writing nonsense. You are not lawyers, you know nothing about procedures in cases that leads to libelous issues. How many accidents are occurring in Nigeria daily? How many lives are being wasted daily? So the vehicle owners should be compensating every single accident? Was DAngote driving? Was the vehicle faulty? How is the nature of the accident? Remote cause, evidences, etc. just because he is a millionaire ?. Haba be sensible one thing can quash the whole case, that is the drivers testimony, and he too died. Let the relations bury their own, and police should form another method of "revenue collection" without mounting road blocks, it has claimed more lives than Boko Haram.

Money cannot buy

Money cannot buy intelligence. Dangote does not understand his company's liability on this issue; you have to yell the court verdict to his ear in a close range and he may still tell you he does not understand what you are saying. He is a Nigerian "money miss road." Look at the so called Pastor Oyedepo's case, the same inept people.

Dangote will continues to ...........

Dangote will continues to manipulate the systeem and the same time monopolize our indigenous industries seems most of the government pattern right has been sold to him.I would not be surprise if I should hear that " Dangote is not paying his companies taxes " Dangote of today is the fugitve Umaru Diko of the second Republic.Take note!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HABA,

MONEY DEY FINISH. Ooooooo
MICHEAL JACKSON, WENT BROKE
ITS NOT FOR EVER
THE DEAD WILL HAUNT HIM
ITS THE LAW OF KARMA
LIKE THEY SAY, YOU CAN RUN,
BUT, YOU CANT HIDE.
TIME WILL TELL

dangote is the head of boko

dangote is the head of boko haram outfit-who wines and dines with jonathan. A fulani who supports the struggle by boko haram to islamise the north for buhari-he is like danjuma--who sneaks into the house of buhari at night to give him billions to him. Then goes back to jonathan in the afternoon to drink tea with him--the problem is jona believe so much in one nigeria, he trust these thieves-who want him gone-so badly they dont care if he is killed by the army-as bakare has been advocating--look athe forum--its dry--if it were jona-or his wife dame-u will see Okey, Sonala and pius of kogi state

dangote

the rich people will not want to loose money....but used the less privilege people to make money..more news and gist here at www.gistyinka.com

But he can donate billions to

But he can donate billions to PDP programs? This shows the level of apathy and contempt our carnivorous elites hv for us regular fellows..

I am a Solicitor f Senior

I am a Solicitor f Senior Courts of England and Wales. Get a copy of the judgement to me in London and I will enforce it for you. There should be no problem whatsoever.

The lawyers in Nigeria need to wake up and do proper job for their clients. The world is now one common market and there are procedures in place in London to enforce judgements. This is a simple and not as hard as you people thought. I promise I can enforce this judgement against Dangote's company unless all his assets are in Nigeria and he keeps all his money in Naira.

Thanks

Adeola Gbenga Ajibade Osuntola
27 Bowater Place, Blackheath London. SE3 8ST.

Dangote and Otedola are parasites on the rest

Only in Nigeria would those who have access to govt. at the highest level flout the law of the land !
I wish Boko Haram could target parasites like Dangote and Otedola. Anyway their man in power does not "give a damn" about respecting the constitution too !

get serious

A coroners court cannot order compensation, it can only determine the cause of death. Yes a claim can and should be made against Dangote sugar's insurance company. alternatively legal action can be taken against Dangote Sugar on the basis of vicariuos liability, but this is only if it can be proven that the accident was due to negligence.I am a bit surprised by the NGO, they should know better and should not be insisting on payment based on the findings of a coroners court. Dangote Sugar is in all likelihood merely following good legal advice.

Despite the EASY WAY OUT

The sad truth is that, if this were a SENSIBLE society like the UK, US or most of Europe, Mr 'Forbes Should Come And Count My Money' would be asked to pay MUCH MUCH more than the $1.23million (N200m) he was asked to pay.

The compensation he would have been asked to pay could have been somewhere in the league of $2m for each dead victim, and maybe something like $500,000 for each injured person.

He's sooo lucky he is in Nigeria. Yet he prefers to snob his lucky stars!

He was the richest african

He was the richest african man even before OBJ became president. He's got nothing to give him but ofcourse I knew he help him strengthen his companies especially for rice and sugar.

No hope for future in Nigeria...

Anyway if truly Dangote refused †Φ compensate d̶̲̥̅̊ victim ones that shows he doesn't has human feelings a̶̲̥̅̊₪d̶̲̥̅̊ never worth whom should be called man of integrity even successful man. Well I never hear that this man gives out †Φ society as any form of social responsibility not †Φ talk of gives †Φ t̶̲̥̅̊h̶̲̥̅̊є̲̣̣̣̥ less privilege people but I believe one day NIGERIAN will know that love for each a̶̲̥̅̊₪d̶̲̥̅̊ others ȋ̝̊̅§ t̶̲̥̅̊h̶̲̥̅̊є̲̣̣̣̥ way for forward.....

send him packing out of the SW joo!

Aboki mentality! They only know how to steal,maim,cajole,kill,rob,rape infact all the bad in the world has it's origin in the northner muslim man(bonobo). Division now!

U‘re an armed robber

@tata,if u called dangote as boko-haram then,u are an armed robber.

Heartles Idiot

This criminal is heartless idiot,how can a man who worth more than a trillion can't pay compensation for the inocent Blood his company poored.he respect money more than life, Animal who is making blood money on daily basis with koken/tialan and weed smoking drivers who kill all over this contry, NDLEA should be away of this criminals calling them sefl Drivers.

My fellow nigerians, i wish

My fellow nigerians, i wish its possible we d masses to discontinue d consumption of any dangote product so dat he'll knw witout these people he cnt be africa's richest man. Our destiny is in our hands, lets mak gud use of it. God bless nigerian masses.

Is it Dangote or Dangote Sugar Refinery?

Some people just open their mouths and say things without thinking! Is it Mr Dangote that killed those people or a truck that belongs to Dangote Sugar Refinery? U guys fail to realize that Dangote himself is not liable but the company! THEY ARE TWO SEPARATE ENTITIES FOR GOODNESS SAKES! Comparing his wealth to d amount of compensation is stupid and very childish! Should he now dish out money all the time because he's Africa's wealthiest? What happened is sad & horrible & there's no amount that can compensate d victims & their families! However, if what was said about the attitude of Dangote Sugar is true, then d company did wrong & has failed in its obligations to those affected!

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