Unidentified gunmen killed the manager of a plant owned by Nigeria’s
Dangote Industries Limited in Ethiopia on Wednesday 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.
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 comment.
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
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, Abiy has vowed “a new political beginning”
including more democratic rights.
Thousands have been released since January, including journalists and
dissidents who have been jailed for a variety of charges including
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