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Two notorious ivory traffickers arrested in Gabon

11 December 2015

Categories: Homepage News, EAGLE News

On December 7, 2015, two notorious Gabonese ivory traffickers were arrested by the country’s wildlife authorities and Judicial Police with the support of Conservation Justice, a wildlife charity forming part of the EAGLE Network. EAGLE has the ambitious task of combatting wildlife trafficking in collaboration with governments in various African countries.

One of the arrested, Adamou Nouhou, is an official of the Department of Waters and Forests, and has been repeatedly suspected of involvement in the ivory trade – some  even claim that he was involved in illegal trafficking before entering public service and only pursued his government appointment in a deliberate attempt to facilitate his criminal enterprise. Caught red-handed with 206 kg of ivory, Nouhou’s arrest marks the end of this abuse.

Both Nouhou and his accomplice are alleged to be part of a significant international trafficking network, sourcing ivory throughout Gabon and then exporting it to Cameroon or to West Africa, for onward transport to Asia. 

Acknowledging the importance of the case and the government's commitment to combatting illegal wildlife trade, the Deputy Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Protection, Forest and the Sea, Mr Crépin Gwodock, paid a visit to the Judicial Police to verify the report and encourage investigators to follow due process for a successful prosecution of both traffickers.

Born Free congratulates its EAGLE Network partners and the Gabonese authorities and urges them to continue their increasingly vigilant action to protect the country’s wildlife.

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