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In Sierra Leone, Massive Theft Frustrates ADDAX Operations
By ADDAX Communication Unit
Oct 16, 2013, 17:06
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Efforts by ADDAX Mining Company to promote its investments and operations in Sierra Leone are being frustrated by thieves at their operation site in Makeni.

 

In what seems to be sabotage by certain ill-motivated individuals to governments efforts to protect investors in the country, some unpatriotic individuals who think they can muzzle a whole company to satisfy their selfish interests are in operation in that part of the country.

 

If urgent security measures are not put in place to protect the millions of dollars invested by Addax Bioenergy Limited in Bombali and Tonkolili districts, bad people are bound to succeed bringing the companys operations to the drains.

 

Between January and September of last year alone, a good number of equipments have been stolen by thieves. Items including diesel, electric and copper cable, irrigation and field equipments and transformers, fertilizers, factory equipments, vehicles spear parts, heavy plants and batteries, building materials, IT equipments, domestic appliances, tarpaulins, sugar cane plantations and vehicle tyres among other things were carted away.

 

Management of ADDAX, which has become frustrated over these unpatriotic acts, has estimated the properties stolen since January to September to be in the tune of six hundred and twenty-seven thousand and eighty-seven United States dollars.

 

Since the devilish act has become a concern for management and the country as a whole, a threat and security analysis assessment was carried out by Sierra Leone Police, Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces, Office of National Security and Addax Security Division over the weekend to assess theft cases. The joint team also suggested possible solutions that will forestall a repetition of the immoral act.

 

Led by Chief Superintendent Alfred Karrow Kamara of the Sierra Leone Police, the team visited various locations where company properties have been stolen, including Pump Station 13 where cables and copper materials in the boosterpump were stolen recently.


The team also discovered massive looting of electricity copper cables in the stores, pump station and pivots, whist also discovering that about 42km of electrical cables running through the top centre of pivots were stolen together with meters on the pivots.

 

In addition, the team found out that other items including transformers were also vandalized to remove copper materials.

 

In March this year, the company in one of its inspection tours noticed that 34 vehicle tyres and 9 vehicle batteries were also stolen from one of the companys stores.

 

This was followed by the stealing of nineteen other vehicle tyres, which resulted to the purchasing of alarming padlocks as a remedial measure.

 

The frustrating event would have to cost the company hundreds of thousands of dollars to restore stolen properties.

 

To help the company remedy this ugly development, the joint security team has deployed twenty-eight armed police officers from the Operations Support Division to protect the companys properties.


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