The Forestry Analysis Institute of Nigeria has decried the alleged unlawful actions of loggers within the Omo Forest Reserve J4, within the Ijebu-East Native Authorities Space of Ogun State.
The institute stated the unlawful actions included deforestation and crimes in opposition to wildlife within the forest reserve.
Addressing newsmen on the actions of the unlawful loggers, consultant of the Director Basic of the institute, Dr Tayo Oyelowo, raised the alarm that the reserve would quickly be a part of different seven moribund forest reserves within the state if drastic steps weren’t taken to curb the unlawful actions.
Oyelowo who’s the desk officer of Biosphere Reserve in Nigeria and a researcher with the institute, stated the institute had obtained a number of stories in regards to the unlawful actions within the Omo Forest Reserve.
He lamented that the institute had notified the state authorities via the Ministry of Forestry, however there was no distinction.
He stated, “I’m right here this morning to symbolize the Director Basic Forestry Analysis Institute of Nigeria who’s a additionally a focus of Map Nationwide Committee in Nigeria and on the identical time, the Chairman Map Worldwide Coordinating Council, meaning he’s the Chairman of Map and Biotech Programmes beneath UNESCO all through the World.
“We’ve obtained completely different stories of unlawful actions within the Omo forest reserve, regarding unlawful actions of loggers. The Director Basic, Forestry Analysis Institute of Nigeria notified the Governor of the State.
“I additionally wrote a letter round July this yr and the Governor on behalf of the Commissioner for forestry within the State promised to be sure that the Unlawful actions are stopped however sadly very lately one man referred to as Tutu Ajayi was apprehended inside the Biosphere reserve.
“It’s going to be of utmost curiosity to know that this perpetrator that was captured with proof of gun, ammunition, cutlasses and machetes will not be launched with out justice. I wish to say that this shouldn’t be taken with levity.Forestry Analysis Institute of Nigeria has curiosity in it and if this case is dealt with the way in which it must be, it might function a deterrent to others, to be sure that the place is effectively and totally protected.”
Some leaders and members noticed millers affiliation and contractors from Ijebuland had protested in opposition to the discharge of the ring chief of the syndicate of the unlawful actions within the reserve.