A statement issued by the Conservator, Park Service Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ntuyang, on Friday, in Abuja, said the arrest was carried out by the ranger corps of the park.
Mr Ntuyang said the arrest was made when Abraham Goni, Conservator-General of the National Park Service, was on a four-day patrol activity in the park recently.
The statement quoted the Conservator Park, Head of the Okomu Park, Augustine Obekpa, as saying that the park had embarked on aggressive park patrol activities.
“In a renewed effort to rid the park of all illegal activities and save one of the last remains of the tropical rainforest in Nigeria, Okomu National Park has stepped up aggressive and sustained park patrol activities,” he said.
Mr Obekpa reiterated the commitment of the park management to rid it of all forms of illegal activities, warning that all timber loggers, hunters and farmers, among others, should stay away from the park.
He said the suspects would be made to face the full wrath of the law.
The items seized during the raid, to serve as exhibits, included three power chain saws, one motorcycle, traps and cans of fuel.
He used the opportunity to commend the Edo State Government for the moratorium it placed on logging activities in the state.
He also solicited the cooperation of the public, especially the youths and traditional rulers, for the protection of the forest resources in the state.
The Okomu National Park is a tourism destination reputed to be one of the Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in Nigeria.
It is also the natural home of the threatened white throated monkey, forest elephants, and buffaloes, among others.
The park serves as the watershed of the Okomu River.
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