The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) announced today that they have arrested eight suspects connected with the trafficking of pangolin scales and ivory from Nigeria.
Acting on local intelligence, the Nigeria Customs Service conducted an operation in Awoyaya on 2 February 2022, arresting four suspects and seizing 839.40 kilograms of pangolin scales and 145 kilograms of elephant ivory.
In 2020, Wildlife Justice Commission investigators were offered staggering quantities of pangolin scales, raising concerns about a post-COVID19 surge in trafficking.
Our new criminal intelligence analysis Scaling Up: The Rapid Growth in the Industrial Scale Trafficking of Pangolin Scales (2016-2019) has been published today on the run up to World Pangolin Day.
The Pangolin Crisis Fund has issued a grant to the Wildlife Justice Commission in support of our investigations into the trafficking of pangolin scales.
Commonly referred to as the most trafficked mammal in the world, the plight of the pangolin looks bleak.
The document presents the key findings or our 18-months investigation into the village of Nhi Khe, Viet Nam. It also discusses the outcome of efforts we undertook to establish a dialogue with the governments of Viet Nam and China and outlines the steps we took on the path of activating justice against the criminal network that our team identified.