The forestry commission is considering arming its forest guards to protect them from armed attacks of illegal miners and illegal chainsaw operations.

According to the commission, cartels in the illegal lumbering and galamsey business threatening to infiltrate the nation’s forest reserves always come armed with sophisticated weapons.

Speaking to Ultimate News while inspecting the Kyekyewire Forest reserve in the Atwimah Nwabiagya North district, the Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission Lawyer Owusu Afrieyie intimated that the lives of the forestry guards are endangered by the aggression of illegal operations in the nation’s forests

He insisted that though the security services collaborate with forestry guards, the guards need to be equally armed to work effectively.

Defending his position, he explained, “Most of the time we use the police and the military to assist our people but you know these are people who are dangerous. Some of them are armed to the teeth and unless you come in also equally armed, you cannot effectively deal with them.”

Meanwhile the forestry commission is threatening to evict all settlers around the Kyekyewire forestry reserve to protect it from encroachment and depletion.

source : Ghana/

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