Nigeria Customs Service Intercepts Illicit Wildlife Shipment To Vietnam

Date: 25-05-2024 1:46 pm (3 weeks ago) | Author: Mister Jay Wonder
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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has successfully intercepted a 40-foot container loaded with illicit wildlife products destined for Vietnam. This significant seizure, carried out by the NCS's Special Wildlife Office, led to the arrest of three suspects connected to the crime, barely six weeks after Vietnamese authorities made a similar bust.

In a statement issued to the press and signed by Assistant Comptroller Abimbola Isafiade, the operation was highlighted as a collaborative effort between the Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone C, and the Wildlife Justice Commission (WJC).

"On May 16, 2024, in the eastern part of Nigeria, we identified and apprehended the shipper of the 40ft container of illegal wildlife products that was intercepted and reported by Vietnamese authorities in April 2024," Isafiade disclosed.

The operation also led to the arrest of a suspected supplier of ivory, in addition to the shipper. Isafiade emphasized that this sends a strong message to other perpetrators of such illegal acts, which violate the Customs Export Guidelines, Nigeria Customs Service Act, and the Endangered Species Act of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“We reaffirm NCS’ commitment to support all global initiatives to fight wildlife crime in all its forms,” Isafiade stated. He further noted that Comptroller Mike Ugbagu, in charge of FOU Zone C, has pledged that the NCS will continue to "follow the money" to identify and bring to justice all those who benefit from wildlife trafficking.

The statement highlighted that the partnership between NCS and WJC is now stronger and more determined than ever to dismantle the entire supply chain of illegal wildlife networks operating from Africa to Asia. This collaboration has set a gold standard in the fight against wildlife crime.

“The efficient and multi-focused response by NCS to the seizure in Vietnam demonstrates that it is not business as usual concerning the Nigeria-Vietnam trafficking corridor," the statement read. "NCS’s success in apprehending both the shipper and supplier builds on three years of successful arrests and prosecutions of key members of local and international ivory trafficking networks.”

This operation underscores Nigeria's ongoing commitment to combating wildlife trafficking and protecting endangered species from illegal trade.

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