WWF hails efforts to end elephant poaching in Congo – Two elephant poachers were arrested early this month as the authorities in Congo stepped up the war against the crime, the Ministry of Forestry has announced.
The ministry said on Sunday said 28 persons had since January this year been arrested in the country in connection with crimes related to poaching of elephants.
Late last month, several international NGOs including WWF raised the alarm in Congo about the increasing rate of elephant poaching in the region and their heads of State called for intensification of measures to fight the poachers.
WWF hailed the efforts to safeguard the elephant population and urged the Congolese authorities to try the two suspects as early as possible.
David Ntazam, one of those arrested who is a teacher of French, Geography and History in the north-western town of Souanke, had 25 kilos of ivory and two automatic weapons on him.
His accomplice, Mempimo Oscar, was also arrested but two others on the run.
The town of Souanke is located in the area where the national parks of Dja in Cameroon, Odzala in Congo and Minkebe in Gabon are situated.
In 2012 the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) deplored the killing of at least 5,000 elephants in five years around the Nouabale Ndoki Park in Sangha.