Nigeria arrests ivory traffickers connected to recent seizure in Vietnam

03 Jun 2024, 12:00 am
Financial Nigeria

Summary

Comprehensive intelligence-led investigations by the Wildlife Justice Commission led to the identification and location of both the alleged shipper and supplier of the ivory.

Ivory trafficking

In a landmark joint operation, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), supported by the Wildlife Justice Commission (WJC), has successfully arrested two major wildlife traffickers in Nigeria. These arrests are linked to the significant seizure of 1.58 tonnes of ivory at Lach Huyen International Port, Hai Phong, Vietnam on 27 March 2024, according to WJC.

Comprehensive intelligence-led investigations by the WJC led to the identification and location of both the alleged shipper and supplier of the ivory.

The first suspect was apprehended by NCS on 16 May 2024 in Abia State, southeastern Nigeria. He is believed to be the consignor of the ivory shipment exported from Onne Port, Port Harcourt, Nigeria on 2 November 2023, which was seized in Vietnam. The ivory, painted black and concealed under a cover load of cow horns, was part of an elaborate smuggling operation.

The second suspect was arrested in Onitsha, Nigeria by NCS on 17 May 2024. He is suspected of supplying part or all of the 1.58 tonnes of ivory shipped by the first suspect to Hai Phong, Vietnam.


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