Bauchi agency seizes 3,290 bags of charcol

Bauchi State Protection Agency (BASEPA), says has confiscated and auctioned 3,290 bags of charcol between Jan. and Sept. 2021.

Mr Ibrahim Kabir, Director General of Agency, made disclosure in an interview with the Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bauchi on Wednesday.

Kabir said commodity was confiscated by staff of the agency deployed across the state to guard against indiscriminate felling of trees.

He said 20 persons had been arrested and prosecuted for the offence, stressing the Agency would not hesitate to arrest, confiscate and prosecute culprits found to be in destroying resources in the state.

Kabir, who attributed the array of ecological problems affecting the state to deforestation, stressed the need for planting of trees instead of cutting them down.

He said tree felling and other unfriendly environmental negatively affected the ecosystem and destroyed biodiversity.

The Agency, he said, also directed loggers using power saw (tree cutting machine) to register with face sanction.

“Owners of the power saw must obtain a liciense from the agency and they must seek for permission before cutting down trees.

“Some of the legitimate reasons for cutting down tree are was declared harzadous and could cause accident to the environment, for construction purposes, road obstruction natural fall,” he said.(NAN)