BUA Group tackles Edo govt. for sealing mining site, arresting staff

Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki (3rd from right), flanked by the Commissioner of Police, Edo State, Mr. Johnson Kokumo (2nd from left), Commander of 4 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Major General Ibrahim Garba (2nd from right) with other government officials and security personnel, at the Obu mine site in Okpella, Edo State, where they arrested officials of BUA Int'l Limited for violating a Stop Work Order, on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

Cement firm, BUA Group, has accused Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, of shutting it out of operation in one of its mining sites in the state.

A statement by the corporate department of the firm, Wednesday, also alleged the arrest of two of the company’s staff during Mr. Obaseki’s visit to the site, located in Obu-Okpella.

BUA said the governor conducted “a gestapo-style forceful shutdown of that mine despite a subsisting court pronouncement that the Mine be allowed to operate”.

“Upon reaching that mining site and not meeting any personnel or equipment, two BUA Cement employees were invited to the mining site to receive the governor.

“We later learnt that these employees were arrested upon arrival on the orders of the governor and taken away for no just reason,” the statement said.

BUA said it is unaware why its two staff were being held, saying however that it has directed its lawyers to “secure their unconditional release immediately”.

The company said it has also ordered its lawyers “to return to court” as regards the shutting down of the premises, which, it says contravenes a court order for the status quo to be maintained.


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