The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has arrested three persons over alleged illegal exportation of pangolin scales and elephant tusks worth N22.3 billion in Lagos.
Comptroller General of Customs, Hameed Ali, disclosed this while addressing journalists on Wednesday.
Ali said the items seized included pangolin scales in 196 sacks weighing 17,137.44kg, elephant tusks weighing 870.44kg, and pangolin claws measuring 4.60kg.
He said the intercepted items were evacuated from Ijeoma street in Lekki, Lagos State.
“Nigeria is a signatory to the CITES [Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora], hence cannot be used as a transit hub. This feat is a testimony of what sincere collaboration between nations can achieve for our world, and individual nations in particular.
“Already, three suspects who are non-nationals have been arrested. They are Mr Traore Djakonba, Mr Isiak Musa and Mr Mohammed Bereta. The kingpin, Mr Berete Morybinet, is on the run thinking he can evade the long arm of the law.
“Security agencies at all entry and exit points are on red alert to track and arrest him to face justice. He is, therefore, advised in his interest to surrender himself to the NCS,” he said.
Ali added that the arrested suspects would soon be charged to court.