The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in collaboration with Wildlife Justice Fee (WJC) has intercepted 397.5kg of pangolin scales and arrested eight suspects, together with three Vietnamese.
In a press release on Wednesday, Customs spokesman, Timi Bomodi stated three of the arrested suspects have been recognized as Vietnamese who have been concerned within the tried trafficking of enormous quantities of pangolin scales and ivories by means of Nigeria.
“Preliminary investigation revealed these three Vietnamese nationals as high-ranking members of a significant organized crime group concerned within the trafficking of ivory, pangolin scales, rhino horns and lion bones from Mozambique and South Africa by means of Nigeria to Vietnam. The three suspects have been arrested whereas sourcing for pangolin scales in Nigeria, 397.5kg of which have been discovered of their possession.
“By way of an intelligence-led operation, the collaboration between NCS and WJC led to the confiscation of 400kg of pangolin scales put up on the market on the unlawful community. The 2 organizations have been in a position to establish different members of the prison syndicate for arrest,” he stated.
Bomodi stated the seizure was the fourth main unlawful wildlife seizure made in a single yr ensuing from the strategic partnership between the Nigeria Customs Service, Wildlife Justice Fee and international governments.