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Cameroon: Ivory trafficker to appear at the Ambam Court of First Instance on November 19, 2020

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A suspected wildlife trafficker shall appear at the Ambam Court of First Instance on November 19, 2020 in connection with the trafficking of 626kgs of ivory. The charges were brought against him following his arrest inAmbamon October 21, 2020 with 118 tusks by customs.

MohamadouIbrahimwas arrested during a control mission at the border town of Ambam. The 47-year-oldsuspect was found in possession of 626kgsof ivoryconcealed in a hidden compartment built insidehistruck. He was transporting the elephant tusks to Yaoundéfor an illegal transaction when he was intercepted by customs. He was later handed over by customs to the Ntem-Valley Divisional Delegation of Forestry and Wildlifeto continue with the prosecution process according to the procedure related to the prosecuting of wildlife law offenders. LAGA, a wildlife law enforcement organization, is technically assisting authorities in the legal procedure

The case opened on October26, 2020 and was postponed by the presiding judge to November19, 2020 to enable both parties to prepare for the trial which willbegin in earnest with arguments and presentation of facts. Further investigations revealed that some of the ivory was coming from elephant tusks seized by the Gabonese authorities and which were being kept in the government stockpile. This shows the extent and magnitude of the traffic in ivory on an international scale.According to sources with close proximity to the investigationswho requested for anonymity, he is part of a ring network of wildlife traffickers, he transports ivory from Gabon to Cameroon and to Nigeria.Speaking from Nairobi, Kenya, Ofir Drori, the Director of the EAGLE Network, applauded the authorities for dismantling suchan organized criminal network. He equally requested for serious action to be taken against the suspect to serve as a strong deterrence.