May 8, 2018
MOUILA: The arrest last Sunday in Mouila (chief town of the province of
Ngounie in southern Gabon) was of a twenty-year-old trafficker. While the
teenager is still a student, he unfortunately pauses his young life with
the trafficking of trophies of protected species such as elephant and
Manfou-Ma-Ibouangue Meguy, a Gabonese national, was born on April 20, 1998
in Moabi. It is in this small locality that he is a pupil in the 4th year
at the Edouard Mossot High School.
It is no doubt to the surprise of his classmates, his teachers, and his
parents that he was questioned by B2 agents supported by the NGO
Conservation Justice, in possession of two ivory tusks, four panther teeth,
and several elephant hairs.
According to sources familiar with the matter, it was around 6 pm that
Manfou-Ma-Ibouangue Meguy aka Moise left Moabi with his booty in order to
go to Mouila, the provincial capital of Ngouni?.
Once he arrived in Mouila, he attracted the attention of the agents of B2,
Waters and Forests and the NGO Conservation Justice, who questioned him
when he entered the city as the student that he is, with the booty,
moreover, simulated in his backpack.
We must therefore wait for the young Meguy Manfou to install his goods in a
carefully prepared room, chosen by mutual agreement with his client. It is
in this position that he was caught. On him were two ivory tusks, four
panther teeth and several elephant hairs.
Led to the police station and auditioned in the heat of the moment, he
quickly confessed to being the owner of the products found in his
possession, and confirmed that he hunted the pachyderm and then took the
ivory. As for the four panther teeth and elephant hairs, he claims to have
obtained them from his accomplices.
Manfou-Ma-Ibouangue Meguy will be heard on minutes and then presented in
the next few days before the Public Prosecutor to answer to the facts of
transportation, detention, and marketing trophies of fully protected
species. They risk up to six months in prison for violating the forest code
This news service is provided by Save the Elephants.