In Makokou, on October 18, 2017, just four days after the arrest of four

traffickers with 26 kg of ivory by the judicial police, another arrest of

ivory traffickers took place.

In a motel of the place, the named EGUANEBE Dieudonn? and MALONDA BINDZA

Arnaud Boris, both of Gabonese nationality, were arrested when they were

preparing to market eleven (11) ivory tusks, of which two (02) were whole,

and nine (09) had been cut into two sections.

This operation was carried out by the officers of the RDG and the Ministry

of Water and Forests with the support of Conservation Justice.

The offenders, who carried the ivories in a red trolley bag, went to a

Makokou hotel to complete the transaction, as they are used to doing. While

they were preparing to proceed with the sale of ivories, the agents of the

RDG and Waters and Forests had the chance and the ability to intervene and

surprise them in the act of wrongdoing.

The named EGUANEBE Dieudonn? and MALONDA BINDZA Arnaud Boris will be driven

to the station of the RDG, and during the hearing, they?ll quote named EBOT

Joli as being the owner of the ivories.

A team will be formed in order to go to the village of Messene, 10 km from

Makokou, to call on this individual named EBOT.

After his arrest, he will confirm his guilt.

After trial, all the offenders were placed in custody in the jails of the

DGR while waiting to be auditioned by the Ministry of Water and Forests and

to be brought before the prosecutor.

Despite the efforts made by the Government, the number of ivory traffickers

does not seem to be diminishing. The number of elephants is plummeting in

the Minkebe forest, with more than 20,000 killed in the last decade. And

elephants, massacred in the depths of the forest and especially from

Cameroon, are often forced to move closer to the villages of the South.

This accentuates the conflicts between the populations and the pachyderms.

Recent articles in the English newspapers ?The Mirror? and ?Independent?

mention that ivory originating in Gabon financed terrorist activities,

including Boko Haram, in other countries. These facts have been confirmed

by the National Agency of National Parks. With ivory trafficking garnering

significant financial benefits and flows, it is understandable that it may

interest and be linked to other types of crime. The links between ivory

trafficking and security problems are numerous and have been highlighted in

many countries, particularly following investigations initiated by

international institutions (US Fish & Wildlife Service, European Union,

Interpol, etc.).

According to protectors of nature, the sentences are not dissuasive enough,

knowing that they are only six months of prison in Gabon against five years

in Congo for example. Gabon would thus become the target of international

traffickers who export ivory to the outside world.