1 killed, 3 injured in clash over rosewood

One person has been confirmed dead and three others injured in a clash over rosewood, in Funsi Forest Reserve in the Wa East municipality of the Upper West Region, at the weekend.

The deceased, a male, yet to be identified, has been taken to the mortuary for preservation and autopsy, while the three injured were on admission at the Wa Regional Hospital.

The government in 2014, announced the ban on the felling of rosewood, an expensive and fast tree species in the country’s forests.

The Wa East police have, however, arrested an Assembly Member (name withheld) while the police conduct investigations into the incident.

The tragedy occurred when a group of young men tried to prevent some persons, who had entered the forest reserve to fell and take away rosewood resulting in a fight between the two groups.

The Upper West Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Joy Afagbadzi , confirmed the incidence to the Ghanaian Times in an interview.

He said the Regional Command would ensure full investigations and bring culprits to book.

It is recalled that the United Nations (UN) Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) has placed a ban on more than 250 species of rosewood, a timber rapidly harvested tree, which risk extinction.

The move was to regulate most internationally traded species of rosewood, helping maintain healthy tropical forest ecosystems, and providing important resources for forest-dependent indigenous and local communities.

By Norman Cooper

 

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