THREE PUT BEFORE A COURT IN TUMU FOR ILLEGALLY HARVESTING ROSEWOOD

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Three individuals have been put before the Tumu Magistrate Court by the Police for engaging in illegal harvesting of rosewood in a bush in the Pido community in the Sissala East Municipal. The three are Sulemana Mana Majid, MuskaDeen Fuseini and Mahama Zakaria, who was caught on Sunday 22nd, April felling rosewood without permit from relevant forestry authorities.
Their illegal activities coincided with a surveillance the police carried out on an alleged illegal mining activity in Pido on Sunday where the trio were arrested.
They are charged for conspiracy to commit crime and for removing forest resources specifically rosewood without permission from competent government agencies. The accused pleaded guilty to the second direction and will re-appear before the court on the 25th of April 2018 for conviction and sentencing. Notwithstanding, they mentioned one Karim Dimah a unit committee chairman of Bechenboi as the person who employed them to fell the trees.
The presiding magistrate his worship Salifu A Bugiri granted the Police a bench warrant to apprehend the accused person Karim Dimah who deployed the three persons to fell rosewood. A chainsaw and some set of tools have been confiscated from the three persons involved in the activity. Meanwhile the Police also prayed the court to be accorded permission to arrest all Chinese Nationals currently residing in the Municipality and are allegedly influencing illegal rosewood harvest, but the court cautioned that the right thing must done by checking all necessary documents which permits them to reside in Ghana and their activities before any such action is taken. Salifu A Bugiri further reminded the Police about its ability to arrest anyone on suspicion of a crime.

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