Ogun arrests illegal timber merchants

TVCE ,NEWS - Ogun State Government has impounded three timber lorries and six trailers loaded with round logs and flitches, also known as ‘‘Alamole’’ as parts of its unrelenting efforts at curbing illegal felling of trees in the state-owned forest reserves. Addressing newsmen in Abeokuta, the State Commissioner for Forestry, Kolawole Lawal, said the menace of illegal loggers in the state was worrisome and frantic efforts are needed to curb the situation. ‘’Our effort is to ensure that all illegal activities in our forest reserves are curbed. If we cannot stop them completely now, we must ensure that they are reduced to the barest minimum to increase our Internally Generated Revenue drive in the State’’. He said. The Commissioner revealed that the lorries and trailers were impounded at Omo Forest Reserve areas at Ajebandele, Ogbere, Ijebu-Igbo and Osun gate while perpetrating the illegal acts. Lawal said the culprits had been exploiting economic trees in the forest...