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Illegal Trade of Wildlife Species: A Dangerous Smuggler Caught at Bertoua (Cameroon)

(Cameroon)
Cameroun Link
November 12, 2014
“Angloo” was in possession of a head, four members of chimpanzees and many parts of an elephant, including skin and bones.
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Agents of the forests and fauna of Bertoua, in the eastern region, have struck a blow. On October 18, 2014, they put hands on a trafficker of wildlife products.  The thirty-five-year-old suspect, popularly known as “Angloo” even violently attacked a Constable who was part of the team who carried out his arraignment. A witness reported that, although he was handcuffed, the trafficker continued to utter threats when he was led to the territorial brigade of Bertoua.  It was noted that “Angloo” is a recidivist who was being questioned again for the same behavior. According to our sources, he is recognized as one of the biggest traffickers in the eastern region and apparently he has never desisted in this. Apparently, prior to his arrest, he had tried to sell two peaks of ivory to a customer coming from Yaoundé. He is best known for having very often supplied customers of different nationalities by providing them with products of protected wildlife species, demonstrating his international connections. Recently, added our sources, he gave the heads and members of chimpanzees to a Nigerian client. While residing in the capital of the eastern region, he had a base at Nden-Nden, a town regarded as his centre of operation where he transported products using his bike to deliver them to Bertoua. Other witnesses noted that he is also known as the supplier of ammunition to his network of poachers.
His arrest was facilitated by the NGO, The Last Great Ape Organization (Laga), which provided technical assistance. It is the NGOs that participated in the arrest, a few weeks ago, a man of thirty-nine years, Batouri, for the illegal detention of pangolin scales weighing 150 kg. Five skulls of gorillas, seven chimpanzee skulls, and the jaw of an elephant were found among the scales. The man was described as a leading Marc dealer, a Department of the Kadey district. In any case, these operations have gained momentum in the regions East and South since the beginning of October, and observers believe that this initiative falls perpendicular to stem the traffic of wild species in these regions regarded as home to a large number of wildlife species protected in the country. Thirty-nine  points of ivory were seized recently from a man who was carrying bags of cocoa beans from Supran to Sangmélima.
It should be noted that the intensification of anti-poaching operations in this part of the country is the result of the excellent information on incoming traffic and the urgent need to react and especially the fact that officials of the fauna of these regions now pressure traffickers who are responsible for the disappearance of many wildlife species in the country. We understand that if these trends will crescendo and extend to other parts of the country, the Ministry of forests and wildlife would no doubt become one of the key ministerial departments at the forefront of the fight against the inertia regarding the extinction of wildlife species in the country.