Ogun State government has ordered the immediate destruction of an illegal flyover bridge undergoing construction across Oluwa River, a boundary between Omo forest, Area J4 in Ijebu East and Ondo State.

The Commissioner for Forestry, Mr. Tunji Akinosi, who led a monitoring team to Laagan Village, where the unauthorised construction of about 50 meters long bridge was located, commanded the settlers to pull it down within two weeks before the next monitoring exercise.

Mr. Akinosi said the objective of constructing the overhead bridge was for easy transportation of the state’s forest resources to neighbouring states.

He pointed out that the present administration would not fold its arms and allow illegal loggers to take over the forest reserves.

Mr. Akinosi added that unscrupulous elements were behind the illegal construction which he estimated to be on the region of a fifteen to twenty million naira project.

The commissioner also noted that some of the settlers keeping illegal arms to perpetrate crimes in the area would be arrested and explained that armed soldiers would remain part of the frequent monitoring exercises in order to prevent banditry which is becoming prevalent in the area.

Wale Oluokun


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