Determined to end the danger posed by illegal fellers in the State’s forest reserves, Ogun State Government, within a day inspection exercise, has arrested 19 trucks, loaded with illegal logs and fresh flitch,es deposited in J1 area, Ijebu Igbo.
The State Commissioner for Forestry, Honourable Tunji Akinosi, who led the task force and management staff of the Ministry on a monitoring tour to J4 and J1 forest reserves, said it was baffling that illegalities still went on in the reserves, despite the Covid-19 lockdown directive by the government.
Akinosi said the present administration would not be deterred from doing what was right concerning forest conservation and management, saying government would continue to make more arrest and prosecute offenders found culpable.
He ordered that the illegal fellers caught during the exercise be handed over to the police at Ijebu Igbo Division, while all the felling machines and motorcycles seized were taken to the Governor’s Office in Abeokuta.
“Government will continue to hunt down illegalities perpetrated in the forest reserves. We are undeterred by the actions of some people who want to subvert government efforts towards fighting illegal activities in State’s reserves”, Akinosi said.
The Commissioner also warned that all illegal occupants in Kajola, Gbokutaru and other neighbouring villages around Eyin Osun, Oke Sopin area of Ijebu-Igbo, should vacate the occupied land immediately, to avoid prosecution.