Leaders of Okomu community in Ovia South West Local Government Area of Edo State, yesterday, disclosed that the crisis which led to a bloodbath and the burning of three houses in the community last September was allegedly masterminded by some members of the community who allegedly attempted to side with the authorities of Okomu Oil Palm Plc to deny the community of the social responsibilities’ benefits by the company.
In a statement by the chairman of the Okomu Community Development Association, Mr Atele Oyisco, it said the community leaders had earlier informed the management of the Okomu Oil Palm company, on the need to offer bursary/skill acquisition scheme packages to indigenes of the community as part of its corporate social responsibility to the community.
“But the company deliberately offered a sham version of what we requested. Consequently, the community rejected the scheme. So in the midnight of September 14, 2013, armed youths stormed our community and attacked the homes of executive members of the association. They also attacked the octogenarian mother of Secretary to community association whom they stabbed and left in the pool of her blood.
“They destroyed our houses, burnt down the Audi 80 car belonging to the chairman of the association and abducted some community leaders who rejected the offer from Okomu company.” [Vanguard]