After finding a huge haul of smuggled pangolin scales and elephant tusks worth some 42 million euros (35 million dollars, Nigerian authorities are now looking for the leader of the smuggling operation.
Three believed accomplices were jailed on Wednesday after the seizure of more than 17 tonnes of pangolin scales and 870 kilos of ivory in Nigeria’s biggest city Lagos, stated Hameed Ali, the director of the custom-mades administration. It is yet uncertain where the products were headed.
Nigeria is understood to be an essential center for the unlawful sell wild animal parts. From the West African nation, the contraband animals is generally exported to Asia, where pangolin meat is thought about a special. More than 1 countless the threatened nighttime animals have actually been eliminated by poachers in the previous years alone, according to the Zoological Society of London (ZSL.
The ivory trade is likewise growing, more threatening Africa’s diminishing elephant population.