He said that 20 persons had been arrested and prosecuted for the offence, stressing that the Agency would not hesitate to arrest, confiscate and prosecute culprits found to be involved in destroying forest 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.
“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 when it was declared harzadous and it could cause accident to the environment, for construction purposes, road obstruction or natural fall,” he said.(NAN)