Illegal tree cutters arrested in Ijebu-Igbo
Four illegal tree cutters have been arrested by Ogun State Government for allegedly cutting trees in the forest reserve at the J1 area in Ijebu-Igbo Local Government Area, Ogun State.
The Commissioner for Forestry, Tunji Akinosi, in a statement issued by the Press Officer in the ministry, Adesoji Solarin, said the suspects were caught during the monitoring exercise at the J4 and J1 forest reserves by his task-force team.
19 truckloads of logs, five motorcycles and two tree-cutting machines were seized and the suspects were handed over to police at the Ijebu-Igbo Police Division.
“The commissioner spoke on the development, saying the present administration would not be deterred in doing what is right concerning forest conservation and management,” the statement read.
“The illegal loggers caught were handed over to the police at the Ijebu-Igbo Division, while all the logging machines and motorcycles seized were taken to the Governor’s Office in Abeokuta.
“The 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 the government’s efforts at fighting illegal activities in the state’s reserves.”
He further warned all illegal occupants in Kajola, Gbokutaru and other neighbouring villages around the Eyin-Osun and Oke-Sopin areas of Ijebu-Igbo that they should vacate the occupied land immediately to avoid prosecution.