A group in Tumu have intercepted rosewood from an unlicensed Rose wood merchant in Welembelle yesterday at about 11pm-12am at the verge of escape. A suspected escort of the items by some unnamed security agency has been suspected according to a tip off.
This got the youth aggressive and they had to force the merchants to come to Tumu to demand justice as every dealer had been licensed to deal in the activity. This comes on the heels of the 31st December, 2017 deadline that was announced by the Sissala East Assembly for all rosewood activities to come to a halt in the District. It appears its logging and transporting is still in progress.Some members of the group members who spoke to RadfordNews said after they had the hint that three vehicles fully loaded with rosewood were leaving the District, they got to the scene to collect fees for Stumpage/ Rent which the merchants failed to do and took cover from suspicious Police to escape. “The police officer almost intimidated us in our efforts to insist on the merchant to compensate communities where the rosewood have been harvested from” they stated.
RadfordNews is yet to contact the Police commander in Tumu for confirmation of the truth about the allegation some of his men may have been involved in the escort of the lumber out the district.
Further investigation by RadfordFM has also revealed some splinter group had offered to support other merchants with loads of uncollected rosewood assistance to cart them out in return for a commission.
Source : RADFORD Fm –