A unique mobile court in Jalingo, Taraba state capital, has remanded two Chinese nationals and a Nigerian in the custody of the Nigeria migration service for ten days.
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The suspects were arraigned by the state prosecution for contravening section 5 of Executive Order 2023, which deals with environmental protection, public safety, and the prohibition of deforestation in the state.
Correspondent Owolabi Adenusi reports that Governor Kefas Agbu signed an executive order suspending all mining activities and felling of rosewood trees, known as Madrid, in the state more than a month ago.
Taraba Mobile Court remands two Chinese nationals.
The order became imperative, looking at the devastating impact of the illegal mining activities and indiscriminate felling of trees and the inherent danger posed to the environment and economy of the state.
A force committee headed by Brig. General Jeremiah Faransa (Rtd) was inaugurated to enforce the executive order.
The task force took sensitisation exercises to all the 16 state and local governments, including this company owned by China National, which deals with timbers, to educate them on why to comply with the executive order.
It appears the advice of the task force committee fell on deaf ears of the company leadership, leading to the arrest of some principal staff.
The arrested offenders have been charged to a mobile court in Jalingo for contravening Executive Order 5.
The company manager spoke on circumstances that led to their arrest and trial.
Taraba state government has been working hard to contain the activities of illegal miners and tree fellers who take home millions in Naira daily at the expense of the locals and damage the ecosystem and the environment.
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