Ogun To Evict 15 Illegal Settlements Over Threat To Bush Elephants, Other Wildlife - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Ogun To Evict 15 Illegal Settlements Over Threat To Bush Elephants, Other Wildlife

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From Heritage Odih, Abeokuta


Ogun State government has ordered all llegal settlers within the Strict Nature Reserve (SNR) at Area J1 of Omo Reserve and other forest enclaves across the state to vacate the areas immediately, to avoid forceful eviction and prosecution.


The Commissioner for Forestry, Tunji Akinosi, said the activities of the illegal settlers constitute threats to bush elephants and other wildlife, adding that the people have continued to disregard several cautionary advice and warnings given by Government, against flouting regulations and degrading State's forest Reserve.

 

Akinosi issued the order while meeting with Village Heads of the Forest Settlements, at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the state capital on Tuesday.


The Commissioner said the SNR Area was designed for Elephants Conservation, Biosphere and Queen's Forest, noting that illegal farming and uncontrolled human activities would result in the area losing its value, thereby destroying wildlife and ecosystem in the forest.


He identified the  illegal settlements within J1 and other reserves as Imaba, Eseoke, Tami Tami, Bridge, Korede, Fatai, Sojukorodo, Gerrard, Erifun, and Oniguguru.


Others are Aba Alhaja, Erimogan, Ologuna and Ori Apata.


He urged them.to  vacate the illegally occupied areas of risk prosecution.


"All illegal enclaves within the SNR and other parts of the State's Reserve must leave for proper activities that the forest is designed for, to take over. Government will not fold its arms and allow the State's resources and legacies to be destroyed with impunity by illegal occupants," Akinosi said.



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