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Ondo timber traders protest closure of forest reserves

By Dayo Johnson

Akure—A mild drama ensued yesterday as Members of the Ondo State Timbers Traders Organization, OSTTO, blocked the entrance to the governor’s office while protesting the continued closure of forest reserves and banning of logging activities by the state government.

The members in their hundred who moved round the state capital chanting different anti-government songs were led by Tobi Akinlalu and other executives.

They displayed different placards including “Akeredolu reopen our Forest” “It is too early for industrial crisis” Arakunrin, we are hungry” “It is not proper for indigenes to suffer while foreigners enjoy” and “Respect our right” among others.

The protesters on getting to the Governor’s office prevented government officials from going in or coming out of the office promising not to leave the place until the governor, Mr Oluwarotmi Akeredolu SAN addressed them.

They shunned appeal by security agencies that the governor was away in Abuja on official duty insisting they would not leave the entrance.

They refused to leave the entrance to the governors office until the Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi came down from his office to address them.

Their spokesman Akinlalu told the deputy governor that they should not be made to suffer for the offence of forest encroacher as they engage on legitimate businesses.


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