Nigeria: Oil Palm Plantation company accused of human rights violations, forceful evictions amongst others, incl. company response
Okomu Oil Palm Plantation Plc, which produces of the renowned and sought after Banga Palm Oil and quality NOKO10 rubber brands has been accused of environmental despoliation, obnoxious act against the indigent population, excruciating poverty, unemployment, human rights violation, forceful eviction and imminent extermination of Okomu Kingdom and her people. The company is said to be responsible for forceful evictions and that as recently as May 2020 another village Ijaw-Gbene in Okomu Kingdom was burnt down by the management of OOPC, lead by Mr Kingsley Adeyemi a security attached to OOPC. This arsonist attack came on the heels of several treats by Mr Asemota the head contractor on security for the company. The attack was made possible by a joint effort of the company security lead by Kingsley Adayemi and the Nigerian army attached to the company rendering the local farmers and fisher men homeless with all their properties destroyed. Further Okumu Oil plantation is said to have left over 80 persons who were living in the village homeless, and squatting in neighboring communities and churches thus exposing them to corona virus attack.