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Militant group demands 25% of Okomu Oil Plc shares after fatal attack on host community 

A militant group named “Ijaw Freedom Fighters” launched an attack on the Imariogha community near the Okomu Oil palm plantation on Sunday night, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).  

The group demanded 25% of Okomu Oil shares, claiming that it was not interested in fighting security operatives but the palm oil firm. 

During the assault, more than eight vehicles were set on fire. NAN’s investigation indicates that the group targeted the community, formerly known as AT&P, which is situated in the Ovia South West Local Government Area of Edo State.  

Mr. Funsho Adegboye,  Commissioner of Police in Edo, confirmed the incident to NAN in a telephone interview from Benin. 

In addition, an eyewitness reported to NAN that the attackers entered the community from the riverside around midnight, firing shots into the air and torching approximately eight private vehicles, while causing extensive damage to several houses.  

Mr. Rex Akpokiniovo, a community leader, informed NAN that the attack resulted in one fatality.  A community elder, Pa Gabriel Okorugbe, was injured during the incident and was admitted to a hospital. 

Demand for 25% of the company 

The note addressed to Governor Godwin Obaseki, revealed that the assailants, identifying themselves as the Ijaw Freedom Fighters, issued several demands to the management of Okomu Oil Palm Plc.  

Among their demands were a directorship position at the Okomu Oil Palm company and 25% of the company’s shares. The group stated, “We are not fighting any security personnel but Okomu Oil company.” 

Backstory 

Okomu Oil Palm Plc has come under a series of attacks on its staff and facilities in the past few weeks. Nairametrics earlier reported a complaint by the company on attacks by armed groups and the destruction of some of its facilities.  

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