January 21, 2018
Two ivory traffickers of Malian nationality were caught in the act of
holding and marketing elephant tusks in Booue on January 17, a small town
in Gabon, located on Ogooue, in the province of Ogooue-Ivindo; it is chief
town of the department of Lop?.
This is a sacrilege in a country engaged in the fight against poaching and
A team composed of officers of the Judicial Police of the Makokou branch
and agents of Water and Forests as well as lawyers of the NGO Conservation
Justice managed to get their hands on two Malian traffickers whose
identities were quickly revealed. They are Waghe Mamadou and Djime Djouwara.
The two traffickers were taken possession of two ivory tusks cut in four
pieces. They had unpacked their merchandise in order to measure its value
to a customer who was coming.
Waghe Mamadou and Djime Djouwara were quickly identified as salesmen and
sellers, however, the enigma of the origins of the tusks remained to be
During a hot interrogation, the named Mamadou Waghe quoted the name Nicaise
Koungoue, of Gabonese nationality, as the owner of the ivory.
It was finally January 18, 2018, at 13h that the named Nicaise Koungoue was
arrested. This was a bad surprise for a man who was waiting to receive the
money that would result from the marketing of said ivory.
Thus, the three men were taken to the Makokou Judicial Police Station where
they were held in custody pending a hearing on the Record of Offense and
handed over to the Makokou Court Procuratorate.
The province of Ogoou?-Ivindo has become for some time the landmark of a
network of traffickers who have decided to massacre the wildlife heritage
in defiance of the law.
The well-known trafficker Abdoulaye Mohamoud Ibrahim, also active in
Ogooue-Ivindo, was recently arrested by the authorities as part of
Operation Nzok. It remains to be hoped that elephants will be safer, even
if the legislation remains little dissuasive.
As explained in Gabon’s documentary 24 on this Nzok operation, networks of
organized traffickers who develop all forms of crime operate in Gabon and
finance themselves with elephant ivory.
As a result, the elephant has become a threatened species and is leaving
the depths of the forest where it is being slaughtered to often find itself
closer to the villages, creating further conflicts. The elephant is
therefore fully protected in accordance with the provisions of Decree 164 /
PR / MEF of 19 January 2011 on classification and slaughtering latitude.
This news service is provided by Save the Elephants.