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Billionaires at war: Aliko Dangote, Abdulsamad Rabiu fight over Okpella Cement
Alhaji Aliko Dangote: Allegedly want to battle over cement

Billionaires at war: Aliko Dangote, Abdulsamad Rabiu fight over Okpella Cement

Two men in the top five of Forbes-rated Nigerian billionaires, Alhaji Aliko Dangote ( rated number 1) and Abdulsamad Rabiu,( rated number 4) are currently shadow boxing and if nothing out of the ordinary happens to change the course of affairs, it will soon develop into a full scale war!

Yes the two men who incidentally cut their business teeth in the Northern commercial city of Kano are on each other’s throats because of limestone deposits in an area located around present day Edo and Kogi states in Nigeria.

Abdulsamad Rabiu: The BUA Group investment being threathened

Abdulsamad Rabiu: The BUA Group investment being threathened

The story is that Dangote is eyeing the piece of mineral  deposit sites located close to the Okpella Cement factory, which has been bought by Abdulsamad Rabiu through his BUA Group.

BUA Group since its take of the cement facility from Edo State is currently carrying out extensive refurbishment and regeneration of the factory that is put at about $500million and it due to officially open next year.

The Dangote encroachment story is making the rounds in Okpella, Edo State where the BUA Cement is located. The indigenes are raising alarm that Dangote and Alhaji Ado Ibrahim, the King of Ebiraland have united to threaten the progress of BUA.

Alhaji Ado Ibrahim, who is the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland is claiming the portion of land which presently lies in Edo state and reportedly sold same to Dangote, but the Okpella people say that the disputed area is actually their ancestral land and they have reserved same for exploitation by BUA.

Leaked emails between Prince Nasir Ado Ibrahim, son of the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland and a top Executive of Dangote group indicate that the company is making plans to arm Ebira youths to secure the area and  if resisted cause mayhem.

In one of the mails, the Dangote Executive was expressing impatience at the inability of the company to take possession of the limestone deposit site-and warned that the company was not happy about the delay.

From all indications, the Ebira and Okpella youths may soon ignite another communal clash with its attendant loss of lives and destruction of property if these billionaires are not called to order soonest.

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