Oil Palm Developer Questioned Over Operations

The developer of the proposed Turubu Oil Palm project in East Sepik has been questioned over its operation by a lawyer representing local landowners.

Lawyer Herbert Wally, alleges that the developer breached a National Court Order issued on the 2nd of December in 2011 concerning SABL Portion 144 C. Mr Wally, said the court order has not been dismissed, and the developer should consider that.


He has also applied to the courts to maintain the landowner status quo, and prevent further damage to the land and environment. Lawyer Wally has called on the East Sepik Police Commander to intervene and look into the matter.


Local MP and Trade Commerce Minister, Richard Maru, was frustrated with the Asian company grabbing land illegally. He said a court order will be laid against the developer.


Meanwhile, two Asian nationals were arrested this week for attempting to mark tract for the bulldozer to penetrate into the customary land of Wambe and Mandowe villages, to harvest logs.


The two were however released yesterday morning on the grounds that Police were to follow their procedures in relation to such cases.

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