MARINE police in Okomu has arrested has confiscated over 213 logs of wood at the Gelegele Seaport as part of its efforts to rid the state of illegal loggers.
At the seaport on Wednesday, the state police spokesperson, SP Bello Kontongs, said the loggers escaped after jumping into the river.
Kontongs also stated that the logs were being shipped to Lagos State for onward transmission to other parts of the world.
He said the logs that were intercepted in Ondo State would be sent back to Edo State.
He said, “At the seaport here are the logs of wood seized from illegal loggers. The 2,000 log seizure was done after Governor Godwin Obaseki gave an order to the Commissioner of Police, Philip Ogbadu, to arrest and check the activities of these criminals.
“The state government has banned the felling of trees in the 49 forest reserves in the state. The wood is being taken illegally to all parts of the world, which the state government is against. The forest reserves are for the benefit of all Edo people.
“Also, the illegal activities of these loggers are impacting negatively on wildlife. The recovered logs will be handed over to the state government by the CP in due course.”
However, the police PRO did not respond to the question sent to his phone why the intelligence agencies have been complacent on the terrorist attack last week Okomo Oil Plc where life was lost. An indigene of Inikorogha community said the terrorists who constantly terrorise the communities comes from the creeks and the security agencies have been overwhelmed.
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