In Nigeria’s disappearing forests, loggers outnumber trees

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By Nyancho Nwa Nri and Fikayo Owoeye ONDO STATE, Nigeria (Reuters) – Deep in a forest in Nigeria’s Ebute Ipare village, Egbontoluwa Marigi sized up a tall mahogany tree, methodically cut it down with his axe and machete, and as it fell with a crackling sound, he surveyed the forest for the next tree. Around him, the stumps dotting the swampy forest were a reminder of trees that once stood tall but are fast disappearing to illegal logging in Ondo state, southwest Nigeria. “We could cut down over 15 trees in one location, but now if we manage to see two trees, it will look like a blessing to us,…

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