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Monday, 11 January 2021

Ogun govt orders demolition of ‘illegal’ bridge

 The Ogun State government has ordered the immediate demolition of an illegal N20m flyover bridge under construction across Oluwa River, a boundary between Omo Forest, Area J4 in Ijebu-East in Ogun and Ondo states.

Our correspondent gathered that some illegal settlers tasked themselves and began the construction of a flyover bridge worth N20m in the government reserve forest.

A statement by the Information Officer of the ministry, Soji Solarin, on Friday, stated that the Commissioner for Forestry, Tunji Akinosi, led a monitoring team to Laagan Village, where the unauthorised construction of about 50 metres long bridge was located.

Akinosi asked the settlers to pull it down within two weeks before the next monitoring exercise that would come up on January 21.

The statement read, “Akinosi said the aims and objectives behind the heinous act are for easy transportation of the state’s forest resources by illegal loggers and production of flitches (called ‘Alamole’ in Yoruba) to be freely stolen and taken away to neighbouring states.

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

“Some unscrupulous elements are behind the illegal construction which must have gulped about N15m to N20m.

“Many of the settlers who keep illegal arms to perpetrate crimes would be arrested and charged to court.

“Armed soldiers would remain part of the frequent monitoring exercises in order to prevent banditry, which is becoming prevalent nationwide.”

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