Following the arrest of a big time ivory trafficker with 118 ivory tusks in Ambam by the customs, and under the framework of the the Memorandum of Understanding with customs, LAGA provided technical assistance to customs and wildlife officials in relation to the legal procedure in prosecuting the wildlife law offender. The team carried out further investigations that show some of the ivory came from Gabonese government stockpiles and from operations carried out by the Gabonese government assisted by the Gabonese EAGLE project named Conservation Justice. The trafficker is connected to a network stretching from countries such as Gabon, Congo, Equatorial Guinea to Nigeria.
This month was marked by the arrest of 2 traffickers with 3 African grey parrots and 6 Rose-ringed parakeets.
2 traffickers were arrested with 9 totally protected birds including 3 African grey parrots and 6 Rose-ringed parakeets. The 2 traffickers were arrested a first time but then had to be rearrested after the Company Commander decided to release the two suspects, which was a decision that completely went against procedure and LAGA stepped in enabling the procedure to continue.
This month was marked by the arrest of 3 traffickers with feline skins and pangolin scales.
There were no arrests carried out this month and efforts are being made to rectify the situation next month.
The month was marked by the arrest of 7 traffickers with 380kg of pangolin scales, human bones, and ivory tusks.
The LAGA team continued working hard and producing results amid the Covid-19 pandemic with 7 people arrested for wildlife trafficking and human bones trafficking.
4 human bones traffickers were arrested with a human body in Foumbot, in the West Region. The bones still had some dried up flesh and human hair on the skull.
3 traffickers arrested with ivory tusks in the trafficking hotspot of Douala, Littoral Region.
Despite the challenges and risk posed by the Covid-19 pandemic and the fear it brings, the LAGA team intelligently multiplied its efforts resulting in a total of 8 wildlife traffickers arrested during 4 operations.
2 young mandrills rescued during 2 arrest operations, in Yaounde and Lolodorf in the South Region.
4 traffickers arrested with a leopard skin in the border town of Kye- Ossi, in the South Region.
A pangolin scales trafficker was arrested with 50 kg of scales in Dimako, in the East Region.
The team diligently and creatively carried out investigations and assisted 4 wildlife law enforcement operations with an emphasis on respecting state-level and organization-level protective measures against Covid-19.
As a precautionary measure, the LAGA office was closed for five days after a member reported high fever and he was later found to have malaria dissipating fears of a COVID-19 infection.
The Deputy Director held a meeting with Global Earth Watch President and a consultant who were visiting the country.
An investigator from Gabon returned to Libreville following a three-week long training and experience sharing mission.
A trafficker arrested in Bandjoun, West Region, with 5 large leopard skins
A new Head of the Media Department was appointed by the Director.
The Deputy Director attended an Interpol meeting aimed at setting state-level priorities and needs for effective operations.
The LAGA family traveled to Batie in the West Region to participate in the funeral activities of a former investigator who passed away after a protracted illness.
The LAGA team returned from an annual vacation.
The Deputy Director held a meeting with the ZSL Law Enforcement Advisor.
The Second Semester and Annual reports 2020 were published on LAGA’s website.