The management of Okomu Oil Palm Company PLC has confirmed the invasion of its rubber plantation facility in Edo State by armed gunmen who came to steal wet rubber cup lumps valued. Communication Officer, Okomu Oil Palm Company PLC, Fidelis Olise, who confirmed the incident, said the incident took place over the weekend when gunmen allegedly invaded the company’s rubber plantation to steal wet rubber cup lumps.
Olise explained that it took the efforts of men of the Nigerian Military to dispel the armed men numbering about fifteen (15) who fled leaving behind the wet rubber lumps they had collected which weighed 1,460kg.
According to him, attacks on Okomu plantation by armed men have become an all too familiar feature.
The company’s spokesman said the incessant attack on the company by armed bandits whilst trying to steal the company’s product is a threat to investments as no investor would put his money in an environment replete with such attacks, adding that these attacks would propel the company to take further security measures to safeguard the company’s personnel and property.
Olise added that the company is appealing to government to beef up security in the area as it is becoming increasingly difficult for the workers to go about their duties without fear of being attacked by armed bandits.
Eyewitness revealed that one Police officer and an unarmed private security driver attached to Okomu Oil Palm Company PLC are in critical conditions following the attack. The incident occurred while the victims were on their routine patrol around the company’s rubber plantation.