Two suspects have been apprehended by the Nigeria police force over attacks on Okomu Oil Palm Company, Edo State.
intel Region understand that the recent attack on the company’s plantation followed similar attack February 1, 2022, which resulted to 90 hectares of the company’s rubber plantation and three excavators burnt by armed men
The assailants, seemingly angered by the arrest of two of their supposed members, carried out a further attack on innocent workers on the Okomu Oil Palm Company’s property to avenge the arrest of their accomplices.
A source privy to Vanguard newspapers said the arrested suspects confessed to the theft of rubber captured by the Marine Police on a boat after it had left the Okomu Ijaw Community on its way to Delta State the day before.
According to Mr Olise, the “same terrorists” seemingly angered by the arrest of two of their supposed members carried out a further attack on innocent workers on the plantation.
He said the recent attack on the company’s property is to avenge the arrest of the “terrorist”accomplices who apparently confessed to the theft of rubber captured by the Marine Police on a boat after it had left the Okomu Ijaw Community on its way to Delta State a day before.
“The killing of innocent workers who are performing their legitimate duties and have no conflict or disagreement with any person whosoever is strongly condemned and the powers that be should immediately take action against those terrorists responsible for these murderous crimes,” the company said.
The statement noted that attacks on companies like Okomu raise fears that assailants are now focusing on these types of establishments, intent on bringing them to their knees.
The oil palm company said the attacks pose a great threat to the current and future investments in Edo State and Nigeria as a whole, especially the agricultural sector.
“The time has come for the Buhari and Obaseki Administrations to take concerted and decisive actions against these terrorists, otherwise investment in the agricultural sector will be greatly discouraged just as was the case with pipeline vandalization in the past, with the resultant negative effect on livelihoods and revenue accruing to both State and Federal Government coffers,” the statement said.
It urged the police to immediately undertake a thorough investigation and bring all those linked to the heinous attacks to book, thereby showing that they are a force to be reckoned with, and reinstating confidence in their ability to fight crime.
“The army too should be deployed to ensure that this area of Ovia South West LGA is safe for all concerned and terrorists and cultist groups are routed from this area for good,” the company said.