The District Forestry Commission within the Dormaa-Ahenkro municipality has come under severe and dramatic attack as a group of illegal loggers stormed the office and chased every staff away on Friday 11th December 2020 in the morning.
This follows a shooting incident that occurred on Thursday, 10th December between some illegal loggers and a joint Military & Forestry task force resulting in the death of one of the illegal loggers.
On Friday morning, the aggrieved illegal loggers numbering nearly two hundred (200) stormed the Dormaa-Ahenkro Forestry Services Division in an attempt to revenge the killing of one of their own.
According to the Dormaa-Ahenkro District Manager Mr Ebenezer Mensah, they had earlier gathered intelligence on the potential mob attack planned by the illegal loggers and had reported same to the Dormaa-Ahenkro Police Divisional Command for protection and subsequently fled the office before the arrival of the young thugs.
The aggrieved youth mobilised themselves in four (4) Kia Rhino trucks together with numerous Praggia, tricycles and moto cycles, got to the Forestry Commission only to meet a team of police task force. Having noticed the absence of the Forestry staff, they poured Petrol in an attempt to burn down the District Forestry Commission but for the intervention of the police team.
They then packed all the ceased timber Beams and boards from the Forestry yard and also packed all their previously ceased tricycles into one of the Kia trucks and left the Forestry yard. On their way back to Nkrankwanta, the District Capital for Dormaa-West constituency, which is considered as the hub of illegal loggers, not satisfied with the event of things at Forestry yard, they poured petrol on the Forestry check point at Diabaakrom, one of the towns closer to the reserve added car tyres and burnt it down to ashes.
READ ALSO: I must support the government and take care of my people in difficult times- Agnes Chigabatia
As if that was not enough, they passed through the yard of Telmak Limited, one of the closest timber firms in the Diabaakrom, vandalized their gate and forcefully took away two of their Tricycles which were also ceased by the company’s forest guards with illegally sawn timber Beams some four months ago.
According to some of them, they claimed the newly elected MP, Honorable Vincent Oppong Asamoah the NDC’s candidate in his campaign message promised them that should he win back the Dormaa-West seat, he will embolden them to go back to business and they voted for him to claim back the seat. So to them, the Forestry District Manager has no right to stop them from sawing illegally in the forest reserves.
Following this development, every Forestry related activity has come to a halt and the District Forestry still closed down as all the Forestry staff have gone to hibernation for fear of attack from the timber mafias.
Meanwhile, the Bono Regional Forestry Manager and the District Manager are engaging the paramount Chief of Dormaa, Nana Agyemang Badu II to resolve the impasse and bring finality to the brawl which is far from ending as the aggrieved youth are poised to causing harm to any body who crosses their path in this matter.
Kindly watch the video below..
STORY BY: EMMANUEL AMEGAVI SOSU