Nigeria becoming a hub for wildlife trafficking – Reps

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The House of Representatives and other stakeholders have expressed concern that Nigeria is becoming a hub for wildlife trafficking which is linked to various criminal activities.

Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Environment, Rep. Terseer Ugbor, and other stakeholders stated this yesterday at a one-day policy dialogue at the National Assembly on “Endangered Species Conservation and Protection Bill, 2024”.

The bill passed first reading in the House of Representatives on 28th March, 2024.

In his opening remark, Ugbor said it was imperative for Nigeria to provide strong legislations that would help tackle wildlife trafficking, especially of endangered species.

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In his address, the Minister of Environment, Balarabe Abbas Lawal, said though Nigeria is being dubbed as a transit point for wildlife trafficking, the federal government and its agencies are not losing sight of the crimes being perpetrated domestically.

 

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