Mr Odey Oyama, executive director, Rainforest Resources and Development Centre (RRDC) in Cross River State has raised the alarm over what he suspects to be the activity of persons engaged in illegal timber logging at Ikom.
In a letter to the chairman of the state forestry commission on Monday, Oyama said inter alia: “We write to draw your attention to a trailer load of what is reasonably suspected to be illegal timber. The said trailer containing the produce has just broken down by the former WEMPCO wood factory located close to the Ikom bridge when driving towards Okuni community from Ikom.
“Please kindly despatch the Forestry Commission Enforcement Officers to make arrest & compound offense and/or prosecute offenders in accordance with the Cross River State Forestry laws & regulations; and other extant laws related therewith. Please find attached hereto above, photographs of the said trailer load of timber lying by the WEMPCO Factory at Ikom.
“We are providing the Office of the Chairman of the Forestry Commission with this information as informants, in compliance with PART II, section 100 of the Forestry Commission Law 2011. Also, please kindly note that a copy of this information is forwarded to His Excellency, Governor Ben Ayade, The Police Area Commander, APC Oliver Anuzie of Okuni Area Command, the Secretary to Government and Head of Service of the Government of Cross River State of Nigeria to emphasize that the matter is of urgent importance.”