In Guinea, the killing of elephants and any other trafficking in their
remains is strictly forbidden by law. In recent times, this species is
dangerously endangered because of its defenses that feed international
traffic in violation of national laws but also international conventions in
In the sub-prefecture of Kamsar, located 53 km from Boke Prefecture, a
suspected trafficker of carved ivory trophies was arrested on Saturday,
January 13, 2018.
Seydouba Sylla was caught in the act of detention, circulation and
marketing of nine ivory necklaces and four bracelets. The operation was
conducted by the Prefectural Section of Water and Forests supported by
police officers under the instructions of the Prosecutor of the Republic at
the Court of First Instance (TPI) of Bok? thanks to the technical
assistance of GALF (Guinea Application of the Faunic Law).
According to our information, Mr. Seydouba Sylla, a sculptor by profession,
belongs to a highly organized network of ivory trafficking in the
sub-prefecture of Kamsar, an entirely mining area.
The same sources indicate that Sylla Seydouba is in close collusion with
Chinese who have been his potential clients for years.
After his arrest, the offender was taken to the premises of the Prefectural
Section for Water and Forests of Boke to be heard on minutes and taken into
custody to be referred on Monday, January 15, 2018 to the Court of First
Instance (TPI ) of Boke.
As for the trophies seized, they were entrusted to the authorities of the
Waters and Forests of the Prefecture pending the continuation of the
It must be remembered that Guinea is known in the subregion and
internationally to be a hub for the illegal trade of protected animals,
dead or alive.
This degrading situation of the country’s image has forced CITES (the
international convention on trade in endangered species of wild fauna and
flora) to suspend Guinea from all its decision-making bodies.
According to a lawyer who is closely following this case, Mr. Seydouba
Sylla is very likely because sections 47, 48, 126 and 164 prohibit and
repress such an offense that promotes the destruction of Guinean wildlife
It should be noted that this other arrest once again raises the issue of
wildlife crime in the Bok? region.
The latest cases of chimpanzee trafficking in December 2015 and January
2017 are proof of this. This other operation is a fine example of the
success of regional authorities by sending a strong message to dealers and
their international accomplices.
It should be recalled that the illegal wildlife trade is a transnational
organized crime. It ranks 4th in illicit trade worldwide, raising about $
20 billion in profits every year.
This news service is provided by Save the Elephants.