Nigeria Customs seizes 397.5 kg pangolin scales

Nigeria Customs Service has intercepted 397.5 kg of pangolin scales in collaboration with Wildlife Justice Commission (WJC).

Eight suspects involved were arrested in connection with the trafficking of a large volumes of pangolin scales and ivories through Nigeria. Three of the suspects were identified as Vietnamese.

In a statement by Comptroller Timi Bomodi, National Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Customs Service, the three Vietnamese were arrested while sourcing for pangolin scales on Nigeria, and 397.5kg of which were found in their possession.

Bomodi noted that the arrests came as part of a proactive enforcement operation targeting the top echelon of wildlife traffickers worldwide, and are arrested to have caused unprecedented disruption to organised global wildlife trafficking network.

“This is the fourth major illegal wildlife arrest in one year resulting from the strategic partnership between the Nigeria Customs Service, Wildlife Justice Commission and other foreign governments. It demonstrates the commitment of the Nigerian Customs Service as a formidable ally in the fight against wildlife trafficking.

“Initial crackdown in 2021 had resulted in discoveries of 7.2 tons of pangolin scales and 850 kgs of ivories, all of which were seized by the Nigeria Customs Service,” said Comptroller Timi Bomodi, who noted that the suspects had been charged to court.

The Wildlife Justice Commission is a international body which works to disrupt and dismantle network of illegal wildlife trade.

In the statement, the Comptroller-General of the Service Col. Hameed Ali commended the officers and men of the Service who were instrumental to the arrest. He assured the public that the Service would not relent in its efforts to protest the environment and warned the perpetrators to desist.

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