OSHIOMHOLE FINGERED IN THE SALE OF OKPELLA LIMESTONE TO DANGOTE
The Etsako East Local Government Chairman, yesterday took a full page advertorial in Vanguard Newspaper to decry what he called the illegal acquisition of limestone deposits in the heart of Okpella by H.R.H Alhaji Ado Ibrahim without obtaining consent from Okpella. He went on to lament how Dangote and Alhaji Ado Ibrahim are conniving to use the court to illegally get justice over a clear case of impunity while the State government looks away. He restates his commitment to pursue the case to logical end and ensure that Okpella limestone remains a legitimate resource of Okpella people and indeed Edo State. The copy of the advertorial is reproduced below.
ETSAKO EAST LOCAL GOVERNMENT COUNCIL
RE: LETTER OF AUTHORITY FOR DANGOTE GROUP
My attention has been drawn to a letter of authority written to the Executive Director of Dangote group, by his Royal Majesty Alhaji(Dr.) A.Y.E Dirisu JP, OON, The Okuokpellagbe Okpella Kingdom, dated 21st October,2015 and published in the leadership Newspapers and others on Wednesday ,December 2nd,2015.
As the Executive Chairman and Chief Security Officer of Etsako East local Government Council, of which Okpella remains an integral part, I wish to state categorically, that the activities of Dangote Group in Okpella , indicate a paragon of double standard that is capable of placing the socio-economic and security of Okpella in grave danger. The crux of the matter however, is the illegal acquisition of limestone deposits in the heart of Okpella by H.R.H Alhaji Ado Ibrahim without obtaining consent from Okpella.
The consequence of this action is the lingering legal tussles between Okpella on one side and Alhaji Ado Ibrahim/AICO on the other side.
With complete disregard for the territorial integrity of Okpella and dangers inherent in such action, Alhaji Ado Ibrahim transferred the consent to Dangote. Dangote is now guarding this controversial consent jealously on Okpella soil. It should be recalled that it was his agents who came to work on the site of mineral deposits in Okpella that were eventually prevented from doing so by highly respected chiefs in the community. These are High Chief Joshua Ogene and Prince Bombay Afegbua.
Today, theses senior Okpella citizens have been charged to a Lokoja high Court in Kogi for various offences. While it is left for the court to determine whether Okpella is now in Kogi or Edo State, it has become embarrassing and provocative for the counsel to Dangote group to argue in court that the disputes in Okpella now falls under Okene jurisdaiction.
Dangote cannot claim to have a letter of consent to do business in Okpella from the Okuokpellagbe and insists that the huge limestone deposits belong to Okene. This is ridiculous. To this end, he cannot redraw the boundary between Edo and Kogi state.
Following the above, it becomes obvious that rather than seek genuine business in Okpella, Dangote’s sole mission is to destabilize hitherto investments of BUA Group in the community regardless of the resultant impacts. These socio-economic impacts will trigger serious security problems that will affect the entire Okpella. I therefore, advice that Dangote should not consider any investment option in Okpella for now as his action so far poses threats to peace and security in community.