Some members of Egah Orinono community in the Olamaboro local government area of Kogi State have called upon the Nigerian government to fight against the injustice going on in their community. 

 

One of them told SaharaReporters that the community is at risk of environmental challenges associated with climate change now that the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) is currently ongoing in the United Kingdom.

According to her, some young men from another part of the state had stormed the community, cutting down trees without the permission of the owners and anyone who dares question their moves is threatened with death. 

 

She said they have been there for over three days and were bringing down more trees at time of filing this report. 

 

According to her, members of the affected community wallow in helplessness. 

 

She noted that efforts to get the intervention of those in positions of authority have proved futile amid allegations that some of the community elders were already sold out. 

She said, ”I am in great distress as a great Injustice is being done to my community. I am from Egah Orinono in Olamaboro local government area of Kogi State.

 

“I love my community and one thing I love about this community is its natural form still intact; the microclimate, the serenity and peace. This is being disturbed at this point where the world is holding a summit on climate change COP26. 

 

“Some individuals came into my community from Ejule, a part of Kogi State and began to cut down trees. My dad and the community head tried reaching out to the appropriate authorities but to no avail. 

 

“These individuals are armed and threatening to kill those who obstruct them, they said they would shoot.

 

”My dad's trees were felled yesterday. The excuse of some of the authorities we reached out to was that our elders have sold out but I can tell you that my dad did not sell out and he is one of the oldest persons in the community. 

 

”Other communities are affected as well. These boys called Nkwo go round communities in the different local government areas in the Eastern part doing this. They come without prior notice, without permission and nothing is paid to the owners of the trees and if they do after stiff resistance, they pay peanuts.

 

”The guys are still in the community. We have reached out to the police all to no avail. We want the state government and the Federal government to come to our aid. We need help!”

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