About 15 people have been detained following a huge anti-poaching operation involving the military, gendarmes and game guards in southeast Cameroon. During the operations, guns, elephant, chimpanzee and gorilla meat were confiscated.
22 people were initially caught during the operations, while 15 were arrested and taken to Yokadouma. Out of the 15, 11 have been detained in the gendarmerie cell while 4 have been charged to appear in court. They are now in the Yokadouma Prison awaiting trial. The Divisional Delegate for Wildlife and Forestry in the region, Colonel Pandong Eitel, said they will press charges against the suspects and ensure that concomitant sanctions are meted out on them.
Several war arms including two AK 47 rifles (Kalashnikov), one 458-caliber rifle, three 375-caliber rifles and a cartridge containing 36 Kalashnikov bullets were amongst 30 guns confiscated during the operation that took place in Southeast Cameroon from April 25 to May 1. 15 people were also arrested and 1000 kg of bush meat seized.
With the cooperation of local traditional rulers, 70 houses, in which suspect poachers were said to be hiding, were systematically searched. The anti-poaching teams that split in eight groups also carried out in-forest and maritime patrols. Amongst those arrested was a municipal councillor, suspected to be a white collar elephant poacher in Moloundou, south of Nki national park. Three other notorious elephant poachers - a Central African, a Congolese and a Cameroonian - were picked up around Boumba Bek and Lobeke national parks.
Some 3000 wire snares were systematically dismantled and several rolls of wire cables seized. 30 poisoned spears were also taken out in villages around Boumba Bek national park, while about 40 poacher camps were destroyed, two motorbikes and 200 kg of marijuana confiscated, AfricaNews reporter said. More....