Gunmen Kill Three Okomu Oil Workers In Edo

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Three workers of Okomu Oil Palm Company PLC were on Monday morning killed by gunmen while working on their plantation in Benin City, Edo State.

Confirming the story, the state Commissioner of Police, Funsho Adegboye, said the police have deployed more men to the area to forestall a repeat of the attack, adding that it was shocking that the gunmen could carry out such an attack.

He said that the attackers were from a neighbouring state, noting that efforts were on to arrest the culprits and bring them to book.

He also said that the police are working with the management of Okomu to perfect ways of making the environment safer for its staff at all times.

“Our preliminary findings showed that the gunmen came from the creek in a neighbouring state, which I would not like to mention. It attack is shocking.

“However, more men have been deployed to the area to forestall a repeat, while the police in conjunction with Okomu working to ensure that the culprits are arrested.

“We will not allow such an occurrence to happen in the state again,” the CP added that the police are working with the management of Okomu to perfect ways of making the environment safer for its staff at all times.

The CP said, “Preliminary findings showed that the gunmen came from the creek in a neighbouring state, which I would not like to mention. The attack is shocking.

“However, more men have been deployed to the area to forestall a repeat, while the police in conjunction with Okomu working to ensure that the culprits are arrested. We will not allow such an occurrence to happen in the state again,” the CP said.

The Public Relations officer of the company, Fidelis Olise, who also confirmed the story said the killing was done by unknown persons.

He stated that the company enjoys a cordial relationship with the communities in the area, noting that he could not say whether members of the communities were involved in the attack or not.

He said that the incident has been reported to the police and the investigation is already ongoing.

He said, “I can confirm to you that three of our staff were killed by gunmen on Monday while they were working on our plantation.

“We enjoy cordial relationship with the communities around us and we cannot say whether members of the communities were involved. However, the matter has been reported to the police and we hope justice will be done,” he added.

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