AfriqueJet, May 12, 2013:
Lagos, Nigeria – The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has arrested two Chinese and one Malian for attempting to smuggle out of Nigeria over 21kg of processed ivory and elephant tusks, NCS spokesperson Thelma Williams told journalists here on Sunday.
She said the foreigners were arrested 8 May at the main gateway Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos, after they concealed the goods as hand bangles, hair attachment, building materials, beads and decorative samples and planned to smuggle them out through the cargo wing of the airport.
The items were placed in 176 separate packages, to be flown to Monrovia, Liberia, South Africa and China, before they were discovered during a joint examination by customs officers at the cargo sheds of the airport, she said.
According to the spokespersons, all the items and the suspects will be handed over to National Environmental Standards and Regulatory Enforcement Agency (NESREA) for prosecution.
Ms. Williams said the prohibited items would have been smuggled out of the country against the world wide practice of protecting endangered wildlife species from extinction, but for the diligence of officers and men of the NCS at the airport.