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Ogun Assembly worry over elephants’ invasion of Ijebu farmlands

Lawmakers enjoins farmers not to advance into elephants' territories

Report of the recent incursion of elephants into an Ogun community has been addressed at the State House of Assembly.

A member of the State Assembly, Mr. Sola Adams, expressed his concern on the floor of the House over the invasion of farmlands by elephants which also injured a farmer at Itashin in Ijebu East Local Government Area of the state.

According to Adams who spoke during a plenary session in Abeokuta, the recent incident where elephants attacked villagers in his constituency remained worrisome.

The injured farmer according to the Lawmaker is receiving treatment at Ijebu Ode General Hospital.

Relevant agencies have however been enjoined to do the needful to return the elephants to their natural habitat.

Meanwhile, farmers in the area have been advised against incursion into the elephants’ territory.

Speaker of the Ogun State Assembly, Hon. Olakunle Oluomo however condemned the invasion of elephants into farmland to the extent of injuring a farmer.

The speaker advised farmers to stop further encroachment on the natural habitat of elephants, which had now left their habitat to attack people and destroy farmlands.

According to him, the issue of elephants’ incursion into town which occurred at Itasin in Ijebu East, required the state Ministries of Agriculture and Forestry to engage the Nigerian Conservative Foundation.

”This is towards preserving the species and the entire ecosystem,” he said.

 

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