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The Ogun state government has impounded six lorries that were allegedly caught transporting illegal woods to neighbouring states for commercial purposes.
PLATFORM TIMES reports that the state commissioner for Forestry, Engr. Tunji Akinosi intercepted the loaded lorries along Taungya, Osun Gate and Ogedengbe Control Posts, while on inspection tour to the reserves in Ijebu-Igbo area.
PLATFORM TIMES learnt that the commissioner ordered immediate arrest of the drivers.
Speaking with newsmen after the arrest, Akinosi maintained the arrested drivers would be prosecuted.
He stressed that the present government would not renege on its decision to make more arrests until illegal felling of trees ends in the state.
He said, “you cannot take laws into your hands, as trees in the reserves do not belong to individuals. There are laws to be followed if trees have to be felled and taken out of the reserve.
“Government is desirous in doing what is right and will continue to monitor human activities in reserves until acts inimical to the growth of the State is stopped.”
The Commissioner expressed displeasure at the alarming rate of reduction in forest economic trees due to illegal felling.
He emphasised that stringent measures were underway to preserve the existing trees, as well as replant more.
Akinosi further warned field officers against sharp practices, noting that anyone caught would face the consequence.