By Khephren Fanga
Five ivory traffickers were arrested by the judicial police in possession of 10 tusks totaling 18 kg in Mouilla and Mandji. They are Jean-Yves Mbounga, Eric Mastiegui Fabrice Dissaguiba, all Gabones, an Ivory Coast national Idriss Konat, and Amani Assoumi, Cameroonian. Three 12-gauge shotguns were also seized.
The Director of Conservation Justice congratulated the Judicial Police, "I do not think I am wrong in saying that the PJ is the service that has made the most arrests of ivory traffickers in 2014. And this is confirmed at the beginning of 2015. They are obviously to be encouraged and praised, as well as other services also involved in such arrests. "
The court of Mouilla also played its role effectively by coordinating and supporting the work of the Judicial Police. Traffickers arrested are currently in custody and must answer for their actions. Knowing that a cargo of ivory from Mandji was recently brought in Bitam, it was necessary to intervene. It is likely that some of elephants killed are from the Moukalaba- Doudou National Park due to the proximity with Mandji.
The maximum penalty for this type of traffic is six months' imprisonment and fines of ten million CFA francs, which seems very little compared to the efforts already made by the Government in the fight against the ivory trade.
When you know that wildlife trafficking is the third or fourth traffic in the world in financial terms and ivory sells very expensive, we understand that it is a serious threat in the area of money laundering, corruption and thus the development of crime. Terrorism develops also thanks to ivory trade as seen in Kenya, but also closer to home in northern Cameroon and Nigeria.
The gold, ivory and others that enriches these terrorist team may very well come from Gabon. 3.8 tonnes of ivory from Gabon were indeed seized in Togo in February 2014, and came mainly from Gabon. In 2013, it was 6 tonnes in Malaysia and 2 tons in Hong Kong that entered and came mainly from Gabon and Congo via Togo again.