Seventeen persons have remanded in custody for illegal chainsaw operations within the Goaso Forest reserves in the Asunafo of the Brong Ahafo region.
The seventeen have been arraigned before Goaso Magistrate court for conspiracy to fell trees without a license.
All the seventeen persons were arrested on Friday 16th March 2019 whilst illegally operating within the Goaso Forest Reserves.
In the process of arrest thugs from the communities also attack the joint military and forest guards at Bediako.
A team from Goaso forest service division and military on patrol duty to clamp down on illegal chainsaw activities chanced on the suspects, arrested them and handed over to the police.
Chainsaw machines, motorbikes and other equipment were retrieved from them.
when they were arraigned on Monday 18th March 2019, the prosecutor, chief inspector P K Aborchie, plead the court to adjourn the case for further investigations.
The judge, Kwaku Twumasi, agreed to the plea and remanded the accused persons into Sunyani prison to reappear on April 1, 2019.
According to the District Manager of the Goaso Forest division, Godfred Mawutor Quashigah, personnel of the forestry commission and military men have become targets of persistent attack by over 50 armed group engaged in illegal logging in forest reserves in the Brong Ahafo region.
Such attacks have been recorded in Sankore, Ayomso, Bediako Mim, Kasapin and Tokoromu among others.
A joint military and forestry guards are well prepared to confront the perpetrators head on.
The District manager says forestry officials in affected areas are largely helpless as they come under constant attack by plunders.
The officer in Charge of operations, Ernest Adofo however, said the era where plunders attack forestry staff is over. he also pleaded with authorities to come to their with the provision of equipment especially logistics.
A number of pieces of lumber as well as equipment have also been seized in Ayum, Bosam Bepo, Subim, Goa Shelterbelt, other are Bia – Tano, Bia Shelterbelt, Aboniyere, and Bonkoni reserves.