Nigeria: Protesters shut down Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals over death of a community leader; say company short-changing them

Author: Ann Godwin, The Guardian (Nigeria), Published on: 16 January 2017

"Protesters shut down petrochemical firm in Rivers", 17 Jan 2017

Protesters from six host-communities yesterday paralysed business activities at the Indorama Petrochemical Limited in Eleme Local Council of Rivers State...[T]he protesters, mainly women and youths, were grieved by the death of a youth leader in the area, Mr. Aji Ngoya, allegedly murdered recently in connection with agitation by people of the communities for payment of their entitlements by the company...Spokesman of the protesters, Benjamin Igokena, while addressing journalists during the protest, accused...[the managing director of the company, Mr. Manish Mundra] of conniving with an investment company to short-change the communities...But Mr. Mundra denied conniving with any firm or individual to defraud the communities. His special adviser...said that the firm would arrange a tripartite meeting of Indorama, Elana and the communities’ representatives to resolve any lingering issue. He also appealed to the protesters to give the company time to convene the meeting, claiming that Indorama had been paying the dividends accruing to the communities to Elana Investment...

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