FDA Clears Sapo National Park of poachers, Illegal Occupants -sends seven persons to court for prosecution

The Forestry Development Authority (FDA) says it has successfully cleared the Sapo National Park of poachers and illegal occupants thus setting the basis for an unhindered management of the park. The management terms this latest development as a major boost and a step forward as per its established conservation policy.

Making the disclosure on Wednesday September 5, 2018, FDA Managing Director C. Mike Doyern reiterated management’s position to remain firm in executing the laws that govern wildlife and protected areas including national parks across the country. The FDA boss is meanwhile commending the local authorities, traditional leaders, the communities and concerned collaborating partners who have made the journey a success.

He used the occasion to remind Liberians on the relevance of Liberia’s National parks including Sapo, Grebo/Krahn and Gola as well as other places set side by law as protected zones which he describes as national treasures that SHOULD  and MUST remain under protective custody at all times.  He said the FDA is prepared to reinforce all efforts aimed at preserving and protecting our national heritage from being unduly destroyed by poachers to the disadvantage of today and future generations.

Meanwhile seven (7) persons arrested for invasion into the Sapo national Park in violation of the law have been sent to the local court to face prosecution. They include: John Wetteh Jr., Abraham Abara, Prince Toe, Philip, Gbarblow, Saytue Toe, George N. Weah, and John Sartee.

In similar development two persons have been arrested in Grand Capemount County for illegally killing an elephant during a hunting spree. The dead body of the elephant is still around the Vaiquaye Community while the other two men are behind bar in Lofa Bridge. One of the three persons is said to have been killed by the elephant in the process. A team from the FDA has been instructed by the management to immediately proceed to the area to conduct an on-the- spot investigation to authenticate the matter.

F. Shelton Gonkwerwon

Director, Public Affairs

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