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FG launches team to tackle wildlife crime

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By Abraham Adekunle

The committee is to facilitate multi-agency operations and collaborations.

Nigeria’s Federal Government has launched the Wildlife Law Enforcement Task Force (WLETF) to address wildlife crime in the country. The Honorable Minister of Environment, Mr. Mohammed Abdullahi, said at the launching in the country’s capital Abuja that the task force will be the primary enforcement implementation mechanism for the country’s wildlife strategy. According to him, “The purpose of this Task Force is to provide coordinated, cooperative and centralized wildlife law enforcement support by facilitating national multi-agency information sharing, intelligence-led operations and collaborative compliance and enforcement actions.”

The minister added that the task force will be additionally guided by a National Combating Wildlife Crime Steering Committee (NCWCSC), which will bring together high-level officials of WLETF member authorities to decide on WLETF strategic activities and to liaise with the Federal Ministry of Environment. The Minister represented by the Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Charles Ikeah, further reiterated the government’s commitment to combating wildlife crime which he said is critical to the country.

Wildlife crime is one environmental crime not popular with Nigerians.

Perhaps due to the worsening situation of things in Nigeria, its citizens do not typically care about environmental crimes, especially the ones that they do not know are crimes. Everyone focuses on “more important” issues now because it determines everyone’s survival. For instance, when a very big snake is killed and put up for sale by the road side, nobody carries placard to protest it because it does not determine their survival. However, an environmental crime is an illegal act whether knowingly done or not.

These acts directly harm the environment and they involve the environment, wildlife, biodiversity and natural resources. Various international organizations have recognized wildlife crimes, illegal mining, pollution crimes, illegal fishing, and illegal logging as environmental crimes. In particular, wildlife crimes constitute illegal wildlife trade in endangered species in contravention to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES). It also involves the illegal poaching, smuggling or transport of a specific animal product or species, such as the horn of a rhinoceros or the tusks of an elephant.

WLETF is Nigeria’s first-ever strategy to combat wildlife crime.

This explains why the Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, who represented the Minister of Environment, said that the launching of the task force is Nigeria’s first-ever national strategy to combat wildlife and forest crime in Nigeria. “It is part of the fallout of the strategy that has resulted in the formation of this WLETF which we are launching today,” he said. He added that wildlife crime is undermining Nigeria’s ability to mitigate against the effects of climate change through the large-scale loss of forest cover due to illegal and unsustainable logging.

He said that this crime is being undertaken by organized criminal groups who undermine the rule of law and challenge Nigeria’s heritage. He said on the activities of the crime groups, it spans across national boundaries and continents fueled by fraud and corruption. The criminals are known to link poachers in West Africa to consumers, buyers and sellers in Asia, Europe and the United States. The minister said that they are often the same groups that carry out other forms of transnational organized crime, such as trafficking of humans, weapons and drugs.

Nigeria’s wildlife strategy part of ECOWAS initiative.

Mr. Ikeah also commended USAID West Africa Biodiversity and Low Emissions Development (WABILED) project and the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs for supporting the WLETF establishment process. These enhanced efforts to address wildlife crime in Nigeria are part of a wider initiative by ECOWAS to tackle wildlife crime across the entire West African region. The West Africa Strategy on Combating Wildlife Crime is central to this initiative and implementation of this regional strategy will be undertaken by the West Africa Network to combat wildlife crime.


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8 months ago

FG launches team to tackle wildlife crimeThe committee is to facilitate multi-agency operations and collaborations. – Express your point of view.

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
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8 months ago

The initiative by the federal government towards setting boundary and reducing crime in the wildlife world is a very good one because most of the animals are already going on extinction and if care is not taking we may finally loose them.

Abusi
Abusi
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8 months ago

This is really a nice initiative. Wildlife crime is now a serious crime and such offenders should be dealt it. It will help conserve our wildlife.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
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8 months ago

The Federal Government of Nigeria has established the Wildlife Law Enforcement Task Force in order to combat the illegal trade in wildlife across the country.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
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8 months ago

For the purpose of the country’s wildlife plan, it is good the task force will serve as the principal enforcement implementation tool.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
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8 months ago

Wildlife should also be protected because majority of them have been intruded by human causing them to go into extinction.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
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8 months ago

FG launches team to tackle wildlife crime. Is very important but not for a country like Nigeria. Wildlife is not Nigeria problem now

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
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8 months ago

WLETF strategy activities will be decided by a National Combating Wildlife Crime Steering Committee comprised of high-ranking individuals from WLETF member authorities.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
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8 months ago

the dedication of the government to preventing the illegal trade in wildlife, which he argued is essential to the nation.

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
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8 months ago

This will help in reducing the crime of wildlife if the team is formed to protect this animals most are going into extinction stopping this illegal act against the wildlife

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
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8 months ago

The establishment of the task force marks the beginning of Nigeria’s very first national strategy to tackle the illegal trade in wildlife and forest products.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
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8 months ago

It should be common knowledge that breaking the law in any way, whether intentionally or not, constitutes an environmental crime.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
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8 months ago

This is great.

Last edited 8 months ago by Adesanyaj72
Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
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8 months ago

Animals also need protection because human interference has led to the extinction of many species.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
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8 months ago

This effort relies heavily on the West Africa Strategy on Combating Wildlife Crime, and it is the West Africa Network’s job to put this regional policy into action.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
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8 months ago

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Last edited 8 months ago by Godsewill Ifeanyi
Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
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8 months ago

The West African Network will execute a regional plan to reduce wildlife crime as part of this program.

SarahDiv
SarahDiv
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8 months ago

The Federal Government has done very well in launching the Wildlife Law Enforcement Task Force to combat attack on wildlife in Nigeria. Ignorance about the fauna and flora found in our ecosystems is making some people to attack animal found in the wild for food and gain upsetting the ecosystem.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
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8 months ago

Most creatures are already becoming extinct, therefore the federal government’s initiative to set boundaries and reduce criminality in the natural world is a welcome one.

Bola12
Bola12
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8 months ago

The creation of the Wildlife Law Enforcement Task Force to stop poaching in Nigeria is a commendable effort on the part of the federal government. Some humans are disturbing ecosystems by hunting wild animals for sustenance and profit due to their lack of knowledge about the species that live there.

Christiana
Christiana
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8 months ago

As a means of combating the illegal trade in wildlife across the country, the Federal Government of Nigeria has formed the Wildlife Law Enforcement Task Force.

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
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8 months ago

It’s good task force tends to be supported by (NCWCSC). The collaboration will bring positive ideas and strategy on how to combat wildlife and forest crime in Nigeria for the better of the country at large.

DimOla
DimOla
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8 months ago

The federal government has taken the right step by launching the Wildlife Law Enforcement Task Force to enforce and arrest violators of wildlife protection laws in Nigeria. We need to protect these animals because many of them are endangered species. If there is continuous poaching some of these animals will go on extinction never to be seen again. So we need to protect them.

Remi1
Remi1
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8 months ago

Launching the wildlife task force is important to help combat illegal trade of animals. And also to help safeguard the wildlife in the ecosystem. This way, they all don’t go extinct simeday

theApr
theApr
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8 months ago

The majority of species are already becoming extinct, therefore it is encouraging to see the federal government taking steps to establish limits and lessen crime in the natural world. Also, it will halt the unlawful traffic in animals.