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3 Indians kidnapped over Obajana cement coy crisis

By Isiaka Oyibo

Lokoja – Three Indians were yesterday kidnapped and scores of others wounded when members of the host community of the multi-billion Naira Obajana Cement Factory, Oyo-Waa, broke into the the company in protest over what it described as “violation of agreements reached with the company”.

The protesting community members, who were said to have invaded the premises of the company at about 3.30pm, also halted mining activities at the sites.

Vanguard gathered that the community had persistently complained about the noise and the pebbles emanating from the mining blasts, which they said led to the agreement to relocate the affected villagers.

Spokesman of the community, Abdul Dare told newsmen yesterday at Obajana, that the seized trio will not be released “as long as the company refuses to honour its promises of relocating the villagers”.

Dare said that prior to the commencement of the mining activities, authorities of the company had reached an agreement with the settlers in the area but regretted that “after almost two years, nothing has been done to resettle us”.

“I think these people are playing on our intelligence. The lives of the villagers and their health do not matter to them,” he maintained.

No official of the company was ready to make any comment when Vanguard soug-ht their opinion, yesterday.


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