By LAWANI MIKAIRU
Two Chinese nationals have been arrested for attempting to smuggle 678 pieces of Elephant tusks and eight sacks of Pangolin weighing over 381 kilogrammes through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, on Friday
Men of the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, Ikeja arrested the suspects as they were about smuggling the items which were said to be on the Export Prohibition List.
According to the Customs Area Comptroller of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Command, Frank Nduka Allannah, this attempt by the Chinese nationals contravenes Schedule 6 of the Nigerian Exports Prohibition List, which prescribes as illegal any attempt to export wild animals and endangered species and so, the Two Chinese nationals have been remanded in the custody of the Nigerian Customs at the Lagos Airport pending further investigation.
The impounded items according Allannah ‘consisting scales of Pangolin, the most trafficked endangered animal that eats it own flesh was meant for export where it would have been used for Chinese medicine’ and the impounded items will be handed over to the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency ( NESREA).
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