Osun: How worker died during looting of TUNS Farms
By Ekene Agbor, Osogbo
The General Manager, TUNS Farms in Osogbo, Osun state,Taofeek Badmus
has narrated how hoodlums attacked the company and looted goods and other valuables.
According to Badmus in the statement issued on Sunday, Mr Abdul-Rasheed Olawale was said to have been shot during the invasion. He later died owing to the gun shot injuries during the attack.
Here is how it all happened:
At about 8am Saturday 24th October, 2020, hoodlums invaded our facility at Tuns International Holdings Limited Tuns Farms Nigeria Ltd. at Km9 Ikirun Road, Osogbo Osun State while we were having our daily business activities as usual.
Reports have it that they came in search of palliatives and COVID-19 relief materials in our warehouses.
On their arrival, we made efforts to let them know that there was no Covid-19 pallialtive stored at our warehouses but rather some mosquitoes net were being stored by the Ministry of Health Osun which were been shared across the state.
The situation took another dimension when they started to break into our other facilities which were our Biscuit production unit, Bakery and Further Processing Units, and our Bottled water facility where they carted away with our raw materials, finished products, gadgets, machines and valuable assets of the company.
Our members of staff who were sighted while attending to their duties were attacked, beating and seriously injured.
I regretfully inform that during the chaos my personal assistant Mr Abdul-Rasheed Olawale a young, vibrant, dedicated, and intelligent member of my team died as a result of a gun shot wound, he was mainly attacked due to what we suspect that he could identify most of the looters and their instigators (we pray that the soul of the departed rest in peace)
While we are yet to ascertain the final value of our losses and damages on the facilities as a whole, we had in stock over N150 million worth of finished goods & raw materials not taking into consideration damages of our machineries & equipments which were carted away, damages to building and other infrastructures are yet to be ascertained.
We further wish to reemphasize that no Government palliatives or COVID-19 relief materials were stored at our facilities as all damages, looting and vandalism were properties of Tuns International Holdings.
Our Chairman is known for his philanthropic gestures to Christians, Muslims, Male, Female, Old, Young, disabled and able body, and he has been doing same for his community for the past 40years, it’s therefore rather unfortunate that his companies which provides for about 700 workforce would be targeted for such barbaric act.
In all we would like to pray for the soul of the departed while we leave the rest to Almighty Allah, we would also like to thank the indigenes of Osogbo who came to assist during the attack while we also wish to appreciate the Nigerian Army role for repelling calming the situation.
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