Security forces intercept large number of Kwara bound herdsmen

A joint task force comprising operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, the Nigerian Army and the police, on Wednesday, intercepted a large number of suspected Fulani herdsmen coming to settle down in Kwara State.

The spokesman of the defence corps, Kwara State Command, Babawale Zaid Afolabi, disclosed this in a statement in Ilorin on Thursday.

According to Babawale, “On Wednesday, 04/08/2021, at about 0700hours, suspected Fulani herdsmen were intercepted at Erin-Ile, a border town of Kwara state through a joint effort of the NSCDC, Army and the Police.

“The herdsmen, who were in a large number with some of their cattle, were stopped at Erin-Ile-Offa axis end of the Kwara-Osun state boundary on their way to Ajasse-Ipo, a town in the Ifelodun Local Government Area of the state.”

The spokesman said the herdsmen and their cows were going to Ajasse-Ipo, a town with a large concentration of the Fulani in the state.

“The suspected herdsmen were later led to Ajasse-Ipo by the JTF where further background check and profiling was carried out by the appropriate security operatives,” the spokesman reports that in the meantime, the herdsmen have been allowed to remain in Ajasse-Ipo pending the time when all necessary actions would be taken and security beefed up in and around the town.

Nigeria Customs Seize $54 Million In Pangolin Parts, Elephant Tusks.

Nigeria Custom officials have seized a record amount of pangolin scales and claws and elephant tusks as the government attempts to combat the trade, the head of customs, Colonel Hameed Ali told news reporter on wednesday.
The seizure, worth 22 billion naira ($54 million), included 17,137 kg of pangolin scales, 44 kg of elephant tusks and 60 kg in pangolin claws, the Comptroller-General of Customs, said in a statement. Ali said authorities had arrested three foreign nationals and were pursuing a fourth, whom he described as the kingpin of the operation.
The suspects arrested will soon have their date in court as NCS will leave no stone unturned to bring them to justice, Ali said. Nigeria has become a hub for gangs sending African pangolins to Asia, according to law enforcement officials and wildlife experts.
They blame insecure borders, lax law enforcement, corruption and access to large ports.Ali said customs was working with British, U.S. and German officials as well as international organizations to step up counter-smuggling operations. it was reported that it was an extensive collaboration among the security agencies that led to the seizure of the items from Lekki, near Nigeria’s main ports in Lagos.
The pangolin, a shy, critically endangered animal, has become one of the most trafficked mammals on earth due to demand for its scales in traditional Chinese medicine. Seizures of pangolin scales, mainly sourced in Africa, increased tenfold between 2014 and 2018, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNDOC). In that time 185 tonnes of scales were seized, for which roughly 370,000 animals would have been killed, UNODC said.