BUA Recruiting Militia In Edo State
The Edo State Government, has released a statement confirming the recent attack on the Governor in the state.
Governor Godwin Obaseki’s spokesman, Robin Crusoe said the Managing Director of BUA’s Obu Cement Company, Yusuf Binji, has been declared wanted over the attack.
BUA and Dangote cement have been at loggerheads over the ownership of a mining site in Okpella, Edo State. The government seems to be on Dangote’s side.
The state government asked that work stop on the site and on Wednesday led security officials there. Two BUA staff were arrested for allegedly continuing work.
On Thursday, Mr. Crusoe quoted the police as saying that the attack on the governor was sponsored by Mr. Binji.
Read the full statement below.
The Nigeria Police have declared the Managing Director of BUA’s Obu Cement Company, Yusuf Binji, wanted over an attack on the convoy of the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki.
Also attacked were some officials of the Edo State Government who were on the convoy of the Edo State Governor.
According to the police, the decision to declare Mr. Binji wanted became necessary as it had earlier received intelligence that BUA International Limited is sponsoring militias in Okpella, Edo State, where the company has a cement factory and mine sites.
These militias, the police said, were allegedly sponsored by Binji and his team to attack the convoy of the governor, cause harm and mayhem.
Case Still In Court
The case is currently at the Federal High Court, Benin, with suit number FHC/B/CS/7/2016. Dangote has resolved to maintain the status quo, pending the determination of the suit. This is contained in a statement published in The Punch Newspapers of December 8, 2017. BUA in its reaction lauded the decision of Dangote group. The company promised to abide by the court rulings.