The West Africa Biodiversity Conservation (WABCT) says Ogun State Government ‘is still investigating’ the circumstances that led to the death of a male elephant at Itasin forest in Ijebu East Local Government Area of the state.
The body also said contrary to report that 4 elephants were killed in the last two years, only two deaths have been recorded.
This was contained in a statement made available to TheAffairs by Mr Filip Van Trier, the WABCT Chairman of the board of trustees.
The Chairman maintained that the WABCT has been working with the government regarding the development of a forest Elephant Conservation program and an implementation strategy in the state.
The statement reads “West Africa Biodiversity Conservation Trust (WABCT) wishes to clarify the recent reports in the media surrounding the death of an Elephant in Itasin, Ijebu East Local Government Area of Ogun State. Contrary to reports in the media that four (4) Elephants were killed in the last two years, we would like to state authoritatively that this information was unverified as these reports cannot be supported with substantiated evidence.
“Following the migration of Elephants from Omo Forest to the Itasin Area, only two (2) deaths have been recorded. A still birth Elephant in 2020 and the young Elephant found dead on 30th April, 2020. The recent death of the Elephant is under investigation by the State Government. Hence, the speculation about the dead Elephant is premature.
“WABCT has been working with the Ogun State Government regarding the development of a forest Elephant Conservation program and an implementation strategy. We hereby appeal to the general public to disregard any hearsay except information released by the Ogun State Government who values its natural heritage and is working towards Conservation of its Biodiversity and its Sustainability.”