The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted 15 sacks of pangolin scales weighing 1,014.5kg with a value of over N1.7 billion.
The National Public Relations Officer, NSC, DC Joseph Attah, disclosed this to journalists on Monday. He said two suspects were arrested with the items.
“This criminality was not essentially a Nigerian thing, sadly some foreigners with active connivance of few Nigerians are bent on using our dear country as a transit route for illegal wild life trade,” he said.
He said a DNA test would be conducted on the scales to know which country the scales emanated from.
He further said that those who bought these things were not Nigerians but from Asian countries and well developed countries, stating that Nigerians that were involved were lured by money to provide warehouse where the parts could be stored.
“Today we are here to showcase the success story of the NCS’s ongoing crackdown on illegal wild life trade.
“You will recall that two months ago, NCS acting on credible intelligence provided by our international partners announced wild life seizure worth over N22 billion with arrested suspects currently facing prosecution.
“In the course of further investigation to arrest other members of the gang, we received another credible intelligence from the same international partner, Wildlife Justice Commission, and swiftly deployed our intelligence operatives with the Strike Force as a SWAT team.
“This led to the interception of One Mercedes Benz Bus with registration number BGT 256 LG along Kudirat Abiola Way Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos,” he said.