TOGO: Arrest of three ivory traffickers in Lomé

On Saturday December 12, 2015 three ivory traffickers were arrested in Lomé in possession of two (2) elephants tusks which they were about to deliver to a customer.
The special unit of the Ministry of Security (OCRTIDB) in collaboration with ANCE-Togo had arrested on Saturday December 12, 2015, three Togolese ivory traffickers namely OURO-AKORIKO Salifou (50 years), ABIYOLI Eyaba (41 years) and BOUTCHOU Salifou (34 years) when they were about to deliver to a customer two elephants tusks weighing 3.20 Kg. The three offenders were led at the premises of OCRTIDB for the ongoing procedures.
According to the first statements of the offenders, these two elephants tusks came from Fazao-Malfakassa National park. Despite the efforts conducted by Togo government and Franz-Weber Foundation (manager of the park), this national forests estate is still threaten by the poachers of these species.
It is important to note that Togo law bans and punishes offenders of wildlife crime under the articles 87 and 127 of forest code, 61, 62 and 154 of the framework law on environment. With regard to applicable laws above referred to, the offender risks 2 years imprisonment and will be fined to 5 million FCFA excluding damages which could have been awarded to them by the trial court.

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