3 Vietnamese, others arrested as Customs, WJC seize pangolin scales

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3 Vietnamese, others arrested as Customs, WJC seize pangolin scales
The Sun
August 3, 2022

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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and the  Wildlife Justice Commission
(WJC) have intercepted 397.5kg of pangolin scales and arrested eight
suspects in connection with the contraband. Three of the arrested suspects
were identified as Vietnamese. They were involved in the attempted
trafficking of large amounts of pangolin scales and ivories through Nigeria.

According to the Customs Spokesman, Mr Timi Bomodi, preliminary
investigation revealed these three Vietnamese nationals as highranking
members of a major organized crime group involved in the trafficking of
ivory, pangolin scales, rhino horns and lion bones from Mozambique and
South Africa through Nigeria to Vietnam. The three suspects were arrested
while sourcing for pangolin scales in Nigeria, 397.5kg of which were found
in their possession.

“It is important to note that the Wildlife Justice Commission is an
international body which works to disrupt and dismantle networks of illegal
wildlife trade.

“Through an intelligence-led operation, the collaboration between NCS and
WJC led to the confiscation of 400 Kg of pangolin scales put up for sale on
the illegal network. The two organizations were able to identify other
members of the criminal syndicate for arrest.

“To further put a stop to the environmental destruction posed by these
unscrupulous elements, the arrested suspects have been charged to court on
various counts bordering on the illegal trade in wildlife.

“These arrests came as part of a proactive enforcement operation targeting
the top echelon of wildlife traffickers worldwide, and are assessed to have
caused unprecedented disruptions to organized global wildlife trafficking
network” he explained.

Bomodi described the latest seizure as 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 Nigeria Customs Service
as a formidable ally in the fight against wildlife trafficking.

He added that initial crackdowns in 2021 had resulted in discoveries of 7.1
tons of pangolin scales and 850 kgs of ivory, all of which were seized by
the NCS.

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3 Vietnamese, others arrested as Customs, WJC seize pangolin scales The Sun August 3, 2022 See link <https://www.sunnewsonline.com/3-vietnamese-others-arrested-as-customs-wjc-seize-pangolin-scales/> for photo. The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and the Wildlife Justice Commission (WJC) have intercepted 397.5kg of pangolin scales and arrested eight suspects in connection with the contraband. Three of the arrested suspects were identified as Vietnamese. They were involved in the attempted trafficking of large amounts of pangolin scales and ivories through Nigeria. According to the Customs Spokesman, Mr Timi Bomodi, preliminary investigation revealed these three Vietnamese nationals as highranking members of a major organized crime group involved in the trafficking of ivory, pangolin scales, rhino horns and lion bones from Mozambique and South Africa through Nigeria to Vietnam. The three suspects were arrested while sourcing for pangolin scales in Nigeria, 397.5kg of which were found in their possession. “It is important to note that the Wildlife Justice Commission is an international body which works to disrupt and dismantle networks of illegal wildlife trade. “Through an intelligence-led operation, the collaboration between NCS and WJC led to the confiscation of 400 Kg of pangolin scales put up for sale on the illegal network. The two organizations were able to identify other members of the criminal syndicate for arrest. “To further put a stop to the environmental destruction posed by these unscrupulous elements, the arrested suspects have been charged to court on various counts bordering on the illegal trade in wildlife. “These arrests came as part of a proactive enforcement operation targeting the top echelon of wildlife traffickers worldwide, and are assessed to have caused unprecedented disruptions to organized global wildlife trafficking network” he explained. Bomodi described the latest seizure as 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 Nigeria Customs Service as a formidable ally in the fight against wildlife trafficking. He added that initial crackdowns in 2021 had resulted in discoveries of 7.1 tons of pangolin scales and 850 kgs of ivory, all of which were seized by the NCS. https://www.sunnewsonline.com/3-vietnamese-others-arrested-as-customs-wjc-seize-pangolin-scales/