Custom seize fifteen sacks of Pangolin scales in Lagos

Pangolin scales seized by custom in Lagos

The Nigeria Customs has again intercept Fifteen Sacks of Pangolin Scales Worth Over 1.7 Billion in Lagos.

This was revealed by the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hammed Ibrahim Ali. (rtd). Represented by the National P.R.O. Deputy Comptroller Joseph Attah in a Press Conference at the Nigeria Customs Service Training College in Ikeja.

Two months ago, the Service acting on credible intelligence provided by the international partners announced wildlife Seizures of Elephants, Tusk and Pangolin Scales worth over N22 billion, with arrested suspects currently facing prosecution in Lagos.

But in the press conference, Attah revealed that In the course of further investigation to arrest other gang members, they received another credible intelligence from the same international partner, wildlife justice commission, and swiftly deployed their intelligence operatives with the Strike Force as a SWOT team.

This led to the interception of One (1) Mercedes Benz Bus with registration number BGT256 LG along Kudirat Abiola Way Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos.
Upon 100% examination, the bus was found to contain the following:

Pangolin Scales by 60kg
Pangolin Scales by 35kg
Pangolin Scales by 54kg
Pangolin Scales by 64kg
Pangolin Scales by 66kg
Pangolin Scales by 58kg
Pangolin Scales by 50kg
Pangolin Scales by 73kg
Pangolin Scales by 91kg
Pangolin Scales by 61kg
Pangolin Scales by 64kg
Pangolin Scales by 92kg
Pangolin Scales by 89kg
Pangolin Scales by 60kg
Pangolin Scales by 92.5kg
Pangolin Scales = 1,009.5kg

One Sack of Pangolin Claws by 5kg

Total = 1,014.5kg with duty paid value (DPV) of
N1,728,788,750.00..” the P.R.O. stated.

Two suspects, Mr Salif Sanwidi and Mr Sunday Ebenyi, have been arrested in connection with the Seizure and will soon be charged to court to answer for their crime.

The illegal wildlife trade contravenes Section 63 “e” and “g” of CEMA Cap 45 LFN 2004. Nigeria is a signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Fauna.

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