New joint operation with 尼日利亚 Customs Service: 两个 suspected high-level wildlife traffickers 逮捕ed, 1 tonne of pangolin scales seized

Acting on intelligence provided by the Wildlife Justice Commission, 尼日利亚 Customs Service officers conducted an operation on 14 September that resulted in the 逮捕 of 两个 犯罪嫌疑人 in possession of 15 sacks containing 在 1 tonne of pangolin scales, representing 在 2,500 dead pangolins, and 5 kg of pangolin claws.

Wildlife products seized were displayed today at a press conference held in Lagos, 尼日利亚, by the 尼日利亚 Customs Service.

The suspected individuals are part of the same major pangolin and 象牙 trafficking ne两个rk that was already disrupted during a joint operation by the 尼日利亚 Customs Service and supported by the Wildlife Justice Commission last July. That operation resulted in three 逮捕s and the seizure of 在 7吨 of pangolin scales, 870 kg of 象牙 and other wildlife products.

The Wildlife Justice Commission believes that this ne两个rk, operating in 尼日利亚 and elsewhere in Central Africa, is responsible for more than 50% of the major 象牙 and pangolin seizures that occurred globally between 2018-2021.

This ne两个rk was already reacting to the disruption caused by the operation conducted in July and was beginning to displace to neighbouring countries and possibly slowing their operations. These follow-up 逮捕s and seizures effected on 14 September are believed to have corresponded with their first foray back into supplying large quantities of pangolin scales since July.  

Investigations into this ne两个rk and their criminal activities continue.

The Wildlife Justice Commission wishes to congratulate 尼日利亚 Custom Service for this follow up operation and outcome against a major transnational organised criminal ne两个rk, with demonstrates their persistence in the fight against organised wildlife crime. This follow up operation is yet another example of the 有效的 results that public-private partnerships can achieve by working together to disrupt organised crime. We will continue to support the efforts of 尼日利亚 Custom Service on the investigation, disruption and dismantling of this transnational criminal ne两个rk.

Olivia Swaak-Goldman, Wildlife Justice Commission Executive Director

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