Oluwaseyi Adegoke Adeyemo
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Apapa Area Command arrested and seized a 20ft container on Thursday, 21st January 2021.
Briefing the media at a press briefing held yesterday; Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at the Area Command, the Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Mohammed Abba-Kura, said they were able to detect and arrest the container with identification number: CSLU 2362640 as well as a suspect Mr. Felix Oname, of No. 17 Chief Joseph Udeth Street, Egan Igando-Lagos Nigeria, based on intelligence provided by the Customs Operatives at the Export seat of the Command.
Comptroller Abba-Kura said that though the container was said to contain furniture components, upon physical examination the container was found to actually contain; 162 sacks of pangolin scales and 57 sacks of mixed endangered species of various sizes such as Ivory/animal horns, lion bones, etc. destined for Haiphong, Vietnam.
According to Abba-Kura, the total weight of the items seized was 854,719 tonnes and it is valued at Nine hundred and fifty-two million Naira (N952,000,000).
Accentuating the significance of the seizure and how dangerous and harmful the crime is to the world’s economy, Comptroller Abba-Kura stated that the Convention of International Trade on Endangered Species (CITES 1973) entails that Customs Administration all over the world protects wildlife by intercepting illegal trade on animals such as; Pangolins they are believed to be the world’s most trafficked non-human mammals, accounting for as much as 20% of all illegal wildlife trade.