Afrique Review
January 6, 2018

Thursday, January 4, came the death knell for Banse Benjamin, who was
trying to sell four pieces of ivory in the capital of Nyanga province.

Banse Benjamin, a 43-year-old mechanic from Burkina Faso living in
Tchibanga, did not escape the elements of the PJ [Judicial Police]. They
managed to get their hands on the trafficker after several weeks of careful

It was in following a serious track that the elements of the PJ were made
aware of a transaction that was to take place in the second district of the

Thus, a team composed of the agents of the PJ and the Waters and Forests of
Tchibanga and accompanied by members of the NGO Conservation Justice went
to the places planned for the transaction.

Once on the scene, the elements of the PJ found Banse Benjamin exhibiting
his trophies on the floor in a building; a real flagrant offense of holding
and marketing trophies of a fully protected species.

Banse Benjamin, auditioned on the spot, did not delay in stating different
stories on the origins of the product.

First he said he was the owner of the two tusks of ivory found in his
possession, before entrusting that he bought them from a ranger, Rodrigue
Mihindou, and that he also knew the poacher who killed the elephant.

Rodrigue Mihindou was finally arrested by the PJ on Friday, January 5,
thanks to well-conducted investigations and operations.

Benjamin Banse would in any case finally acknowledge having visited the
town of Tchibanga to sell this product. More seriously, he will confess to
being fully informed that the possession, transportation, and marketing of
ivory is prohibited and punishable by law.

He was placed in custody in the premises of the PJ of Tchibanga pending
further proceedings.

On January 6, two days after the arrest of Bans? Benjamin, the poacher
named Jean-F?lix Mouity was also arrested by members of the Police
Investigation Judiciary.

The latter had already been prosecuted in January 2016 for a similar case.
Jean-Felix Mouity, 45 years old at the time, was arrested on 25 January
2016 following the confession of Hugues Bourobou who then introduced him as
his supplier.

Searching for him, the elements of the PJ had got their hands on him in
less than an hour.

With him were two ivory tusks of a weight estimated at 9Kg.

Unfortunately, the court of Tchibanga had found that he was only guilty of
the offense of possession of ivory tusks and and in suppression had
inflicted on him a penalty of 25,000 CFA francs?a decision denounced at the
time by Conservation Justice.

Benjamin Bans?, Rodrigue Mihindou, and Jean-F?lix Mouity risk six months in

This news service is provided by Save the Elephants.