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BUA Group to Contest Arrest of Staff by Edo Government

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BUA Group has said it will challenge Edo State government in court over the arrest of its staff at the mining sites in Obu-Okpella, in the state recently.

“We have been made aware that today, the Edo State governor, in the company of some security operatives, visited one of our mining sites in Obu-Okpella, Edo State to effect a gestapo-style forceful shutdown of that mine despite a subsisting court pronouncement that the mine be allowed to operate.” BUA said in a statement

“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,” it added.

Reacting to the arrest, yesterday, the company said as a responsible corporate entity it has instructed lawyers to report back to the courts on this latest development and pursue all legal channels to enforce its rights.

“Whilst the governor based the legitimacy of his actions on a purported stop-work order from the Ministry of Mines, BUA wishes to reiterate that there is a pronouncement of the Federal High Court sitting in Benin on December 5, 2017 that declared the stop-work order issued by the ministry as a contravention of the court’s directives to maintain status quo and thus deemed it illegal.”

The company asked all parties to await the conclusion of judicial process as this matter is already before a court of competent jurisdiction. [Daily Trust]

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