Two Gabonese arrested with 15 kg of ivory (Gabon)


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Libreville, Gabon ( – Donald Destin Nénangoyi and Eroine Ipedessi, both Gabonese, were arrested in the night of Monday toTuesday with 15 kg of ivory they were trying to sell on the black market. The two accomplices were caught in a joint operation of the Judicial Police and Forestry that accompanied the NGO Conservation Justice. They were trying to sell a certain Ibrahim four ivory tusks cut into eight pieces, weighing a total of 15 kg.

Unfortunately for them, the deal fell through after an intervention of the Judicial Police who laid hands on them and avoided an act of commercial exchange proscribed on Gabonese territory.

The two men and their booty were brought before the PJ [Judicial Police] in Libreville. It was during the interrogation that Donald Destin Nénangoyi acknowledged that the seized ivory belonged to him. Eroine Ipédessi, who broke down in tears, said he was not aware of the transaction. He said he was content to accompany his companion. Both men should be promptly brought before the prosecutor.

The elephant is one of the animals fully protected. Gabon has the largest population of forest elephants. 11,000 elephants have been killed in the country over the past decade because of the illegal ivory trade, according to environmental NGOs.