TOGO: ARREST OF IVORY TRAFFICKER IN LOME

Mr AGBO Kossivi, a sculptor and ivory trader was arrested in Lomé with four (4) ivory objects made of three (3) pipes and one (1) stamp.
On Wednesday January 13, 2016, the special unit of the Judicial Police in collaboration with ANCE/TALFF, had arrested Mr. AGBO Kossivi, a Togolese in detention of four trophies of elephant notably three pipes and one stamp. It is important to note that elephants are highly protected species in Togo.
The first investigation proved that the offender AGBO Kossivi is a sculptor in Lomé for many years and he practices this activity by proposing his works of art in ivory for sale against Togo national laws and the international norms with regard to the protection of emblematic endangered species.
The detention, the circulation and the marketing of species totally protected are banned and punished according to the articles 87 and 127 of the forest code, the articles 61, 62, and 154 of the environmental framework law. As a matter of fact, and by the law enforcement, the offender can be jailed for 2 years and paid a fine amounting 5 millions without damages.

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