NCS: 3 alleged wildlife trafficking arrested by Customs

Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) is leaving no stone unturned on their commitments to end Illegal wildlife trade as its Special Wildlife Office and the Customs Police Unit in a joint enforcement operation with Justice Commission arrest three alleged illegal wild life traffickers.

The unit said they are determined to dismantle the wildlife criminal networks operating within the country.
The intelligence led operations were conducted between January 25, 2024 and February 6, 2024.

The three Nigerian men under arrest were accused of facilitating the illegal export of wildlife to Asia during the sale of five pieces of Elephant Tusks.

They were arrested with the five pieces of Elephant Tusks weighing 25.35kg said to worth about $16,000 (N23,520,000) in the country of destination.

“This act is a contravention of the Endangered Species act of the Federal republic of Nigeria and the Nigeria Customs Service Act,” NCS said.

According to the officer in charge of Nigeria Customs Service Special Wildlife Office, Asst Comptroller Abim Isafiade, “Illegal Wildlife Trade or trafficking of Wildlife is a criminal offence punishable under law and so Nigeria Customs Service will continue to support global effort to fight Wildlife crime.”

These suspects, he said, will definitely be prosecuted in court as soon as investigation is concluded.

Culled from TheGuardian