Two citizens of Mozambican nationality, identified by the names of Cristiano Ambrose and RemÃgio EstevÃ£o, 26 and 34 years old, were arrested on Tuesday morning (23) by the police of the Republic of Mozambique in Nampula, after being caught in possession of 26 tips of ivory. Three people, including two of Vietnamese origin, indicted in the same case, fled. Illegal hunting of elephants, for the extraction of ivory, has reached alarming levels in Mozambique. According to the World Conservation Society per year have been slaughtered between 1500 to 1800 pachyderms to feed the demand for smuggled ivory mainly for East Asian countries.
The alleged poachers of elephants live in Road das Flores, on the outskirts of the Nampula city, in a rented house.
Their discovery and arrest was possible through a denounce of a neighbour owner of the referred house, who when realized the presence of a car with the license plate ADT-109 MP, transporting a product that gave off a disgusting smell, triggered the police.
It was ivory stolen somewhere and that was to be unloaded in this House. The owner of the residence was alerted by contiguous that his tenants were downloading such a product whose possession is indeed inhibited in Mozambique due to the rampant slaughter of elephants and rhinoceroses.
Two members of the gang were arrested and are watching the Sun through comic books. One of them told the @Verdade that he and his companion were invited by the group now on the run to download the "merchandise"; Therefore, they deny any involvement with the criminal network dedicated to poaching of pachyderms or sale of ivory.
In turn, the owner of the house, who declined to be identified, said he was surprised to receive the news that their tenants were carrying corpses in a car. Frightened by such a situation, he called the police and it turned out that it wasn't about bodies, but, yes, ivory.
For his part, Miguel Bartolomeu, spokesman for the Provincial Command of the Police in Nampula, said that efforts are being undertaken to neutralize those who are missing.
Neither the new law of conservation areas, approved in April by the Parliament but that will only be in force in the beginning of 2015, and that punishes with imprisonment of 12 years and a fine of about 90 thousand dollars seems to restrain tempers of the poachers of endangered species that only in the first two weeks of this month of September hit 22 elephants at Niassa Reserve, in the North of Mozambique.
The World Conservation Society warns that if illegal logging continues at this rate in a decade the elephants may be extinct in our country, for within the 50 thousand elephants that existed in the years of 1970 only 19,600 remain.