BUA Group Tackles Gov. Obaseki For Sealing Mining Site, Arresting Staff

Cement firm, BUA International Limited, has accused Edo state governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki of shutting it out of operation in one of its mining sites in the state.

A report by the News Agency of Nigeria said the governor ordered the arrest of two (2) employees of BUA International Limited over alleged violation of a ‘stop work order’ issued by the ministry of mines and steel.

The report said the order was given due to a dispute involving BUA and Dangote Group on the ownership of Obu mine site located in the state.

Confirming the report in a statement by the corporate department of the firm, 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.

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.

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 Cement firm 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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