Gabon: 5 people arrested in an ivory trafficking case in
October 17, 2017
In Ovan, in the department of Mvoung (province of
people were arrested this Saturday, October 14, with thirty
ivory. Namely Jessy M Andry, newly assigned to Boou? as a
Blaise, N. Thiery all of Gabonese nationality and Mr. Achilles,
Cameroonian subject, and A Toure, a Malian trader.
They were arrested in possession of two (02) tusks of ivory
six (06) pieces when they were about to sell them to a hotel.
ivory tusks average 34 kg.
Teacher Andry Jessy says he shot the elephant two weeks ago. The
everyone in this ivory trafficking network is to be
All the offenders were taken into custody in the PJ jails,
waiting to be
heard and then presented to the public prosecutor who will
or not to detain them. They then face prison sentences as is
often the case
in this kind of lucrative traffic.
The number of elephants is falling in Ogoou-Ivindo and
than 20,000 have been killed the last ten years. And elephants
in the depths of the forest, especially from Cameroon, are often
approach the southern villages, caught in a pincer movement.
highlights the conflicts between people and elephants.
Recent articles in English newspapers, The Mirror, and
mention that native ivory of Gabon also finances terrorist
including Boko Haram, in other countries. These facts have been
by the national agency of national parks.(KS: But this link is
unproven and most conservationists beyond those beholden to the
Gabon government do not believe there is any evidence of Boko Haram
With the ivory trade reaping profits and strong cash flows, it
understandable that it could interest and be linked to other
crime. The links between ivory trade and security problems are