Gabon: New arrests for ivory trafficking
Dimitri Ondo, Afrique Review
March 12, 2018
The Gabonese capital remains one of the strategic crossroads of ivory
trafficking as evidenced by the arrest of three people on March 8, 2018.
They were in possession of two ivory tusks and an elephant tail, which they
brought from Makokou, 600 km east of the country.
It was a mixed team of officers of the Judicial Police and Water and
Forests supported by Conservation Justice who got their hands on the three
traffickers while they were about to sell their goods.
The investigation conducted in recent weeks was indeed a transaction
involving ivory, a product whose trade is completely prohibited by law. It
was now necessary to have the details of this transaction. They came day
after day, until this Thursday the place and time of the exchange were
According to sources familiar with the matter, the PJ [judicial police]
agents arrived at the scene at the same time as the three traffickers were
spreading their booty on the ground, awaiting the arrival of the client who
was to see them, judge them, and then buy the ivory for a fixed price,
since contact between the various actors of the transaction had taken place.
OYABI YANGA Remaining Junior, LENGOUMA Kere Steeven, and MOUELE Ulrich Fred
of Gabonese nationality were thus caught in the act of detaining and
marketing two pieces of ivory cut in four pieces and an elephant tail.
Quickly interviewed, they claimed to have received the goods from a person
present in Makokou. But they would also be active in Franceville, Okondja,
In the final analysis, the alleged accomplice who sent the tusks from
Makokou did not exist. Lengouma Steeven confessed to having killed the
elephant before pulling the two tusks, ensuring himself the transport.
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