DR Congo Officials Seize 1.5 Tonnes of Smuggled Elephant Ivory

Security officials in the southeastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) have seized one and a half tonnes of elephant ivory, one of the largest hauls in Africa in years.

The smuggled tusks were discovered aboard trucks in the city of Lubumbashi according to a legal official who declined to be named due to involvement in an ongoing investigation into the affair.

Police arrested five people but two fled after questioning, the official said. Both the origin and intended final destination of the ivory remain unclear.

A lawyer for a coalition of environmental groups, Sabin Mande said that he had seen 18 bags of seized ivory in the state prosecutor’s office in Lubumbashi on Wednesday.

Your Friends Also Read:  President Ramaphosa Presses WTO for COVID-19 Vaccine Patent Waiver

The contraband represents 80 to 100 slaughtered elephants, he said.

The seizure marks one of the largest in Africa in years. In 2013, Kenyan officials made several seizures including one of four tonnes. Togolese authorities likewise seized four tonnes of ivory over the course of one week in 2014.

In 2019, Vietnamese officials discovered over nine tonnes of elephant ivory in a shipment carrying timber from the Republic of Congo, also known as Congo-Brazzaville, in the largest recent haul worldwide.

China and Southeast Asia are major markets for African ivory, which is mainly used for purported cures in traditional medicine

All rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from News Central TV.
Your Friends Also Read:  Werfalli Assassinated as New Libyan Government Finds Footing

Contact: digital@newscentral.ng


Leave a Reply

Previous Article

Kenya: Media Council Warns Against Press Harassment Ahead of Elections

Next Article

Rwanda Set to Receive First Batch of 50 Asylum Seekers From U.K.

Related Posts
Powered by Live Score & Live Score App