Wildlife: A gang of four suspected wildlife traffickers arrested in Douala

Four people have been arrested in Douala, Littoral region in possession of tons of pangolin scales and ivory tusks.

The arrest was made on Thursday 14th March 2019 by the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife and the NGO Last Great Ape (LAGA).

Both institutions that have been fighting poaching and illicit sales of wildlife.

The Deputy Director of the NGO LAGA, Eric Kaba Tah explains that the suspects have been under close surveillance for some time.

It was in an attempt to sell out part of the booty that the gang that stretches to Nigeria, was apprehended.

The stock seized has been estimated at atleast 150 million CFA Francs.

The pangolin scales are in high demand in South East Asia for their supposed medicinal properties. They are used in the treatment of acne, cancer and impotence.

Considered an endangered specie, pangolin scales traffickers can face up to three years in prison and/or pay a fine between three and ten million CFA Francs.

 

 Bruno Ndonwie Funwie

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