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5 confirmed wounded as Savannah Sugar Company host community protests

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5 youths have been confirmed critically wounded following a confrontation between safety operatives and indignant youths of Gyawana, the host group of Savannah Sugar Firm Ltd.

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The corporate is owned by industrialist, Aliko Dangote and is positioned in the neighborhood, Gyawana, some 10 kilometres away from Numan and about 80 kilometres south of the Adamawa State capital, Yola.

Youths of Gyawana had risen towards the corporate in protest of alleged sacking of some members of employees of the corporate from the group, amongst different complaints.

An preliminary report on Friday had talked about seven deaths on account of the protest, however residents of Gyawana who spoke to our correspondent and different newsmen who visited the group Friday afternoon in the direction of night mentioned though many had been critically wounded, no one had died thus far.

“These army individuals shot at our individuals and the wounded have been taken to hospital in Lamurde, with one one so critically wounded that there’s discuss referring him to College of Jos Instructing Hospital, however no one has died as but,” a resident, Sunday Joseph, mentioned.

Sunday and different native sources put the variety of critically wounded individuals, these allegedly shot by the safety operatives, at 5, with numerous others nursing much less critical accidents of their numerous properties.

The Savannah Sugar Firm administration was at greatest evasive when newsmen went there Friday, with Head of Human Sources, Ganiyu Bello remarking offhandedly that it was not his work to talk to newsmen.

On the 23 Armoured Brigade headquarters again in Yola, the Brigade PRO, Main Haruna Sani at first referred newsmen to Military headquarters in Abuja, however he later despatched an announcement detailing the Brigade’s perspective of the incident.

He said, “This headquarters (23 Brigade Hqs) needs to tell most of the people that on 15 July 2021 at about 2: 00 pm, the Gyawana group staged a protest towards the administration of Dangote Sugar Firm threatening to close down the institution and abduct overseas expatriates for sacking some employees of the corporate who’re members of the host group.

“Efforts to calm the state of affairs by the Nigerian Police and personnel of the Nigerian Safety and Civil Defence corps proved abortive because the irate youths, wielding cutlasses, machettes and different harmful weapons, overpowered them.

“When a misery name was made to an Inner Safety outfit in Adamawa state nicknamed Operation Farauta, comprising troopers and different Para-military companies, they swiftly mobilized and moved to strengthen the Police and Civil Defence deployment on the location.

“Within the course of, tear gasoline in addition to warning photographs had been fired as a number of the non-violent technique of crowd dispersal and to additional forestall personal troops from being lynched by the mob.

“Consequently, the state of affairs was introduced beneath management. Sadly, some troopers sustained minor accidents from the stones thrown by the mob however no single protester was killed.”

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