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Published On: Tue, May 14th, 2013

2 Chinese, Malian Nabbed over Attempts to Smuggle 21 Kilos of Ivory out of Nigeria


Two Chinese and a Malian have been arrested for attempting to smuggle out of Nigeria over 21 kilogrammes of processed ivory and elephant tusks.
They were arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport,Ikeja,Lagos(Cargo Terminal), by men of the Nigerian Customs Service.
The illegal consignment were labelled as hand bangles, hair attachment, building materials , beads and decorative samples so as to deceive security operatives.

The items were packed in 176 separate cartons and meant to be to be flown to Monrovia, South Africa and China, before they were discovered and intercepted during a joint examination by customs officers at the cargo sheds.
All items and the suspects according to the public relations officer of the Airport Command of Nigeria Customs Service, Mrs Thelma Williams would soon be handed over to National Environmental Standards and Regulatory Enforcement Agency (NESREA) for prosecution.
Williams noted that if not for the diligence of officers and men of Nigeria Customs Service Murtala Mohammed Airport Command, these prohibited items would have been smuggled and exported out of the country against the world wide practice of protecting endangered wildlife species from extinction.
She assured that officers and men of the Nigeria Customs Service would continue to carry out surveillance at airports nationwide to foil attempt by people to take out of the country items that on the prohibited list.
Williams said the arrest and hand over of the suspects to the relevant agency of government is a follow up to a similar incident on March 4, 2012 when a Chinese National, Miss Liang Zuliwho was nabbed at the International Airport with some processed pieces of Elephant Tusk .
The suspect she said was handed over to NESREA, which successfully prosecuted her in collaboration with officers of Nigeria Customs Service who stood in as witnesses until she was found guilty and convicted on April, 23,2013.

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