Le Faso (Burkina Faso)

10 June 2021

Burkina Faso : Trois trafiquants d’ivoire  condamnés à des peines de prison ferme

Arrested on April 22, 2021, in Pô in the province of Nahouri, by forest officers of the Provincial Directorate of the Environment, Green Economy and Climate Change of Nahouri during an anti-poaching operation, three traffickers of ivory had been deposited at the Manga Detention and Correction Center. 

This operation was made possible thanks to the support of forestry agents from the Nazinga Management Unit, the Guardian Angels of Nature and the NGO Conservation Justice. 

One of them was prosecuted for illegal possession and marketing of elephant tusks and the two others for complicity in the possession and marketing. This transaction concerned two (2) ivories weighing approximately 5 kg.

These three traffickers were tried and sentenced to twelve (12) months in prison and will have to pay one million FCFA for damages, as decided by the Tribunal de Grande Instance (TGI) of Manga on Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

This sentence by a court intervenes only five months after the decision of the high Court of Leo, February 15, 2021.

In this other case, the Tribunal had sentenced to six (6) months in prison a trafficker who tried to market four (4) elephant ivory tusks.

As a reminder, elephants are fully protected species, because of the threats weighing on them and the risk of seeing them disappear forever. However, each year poaching only intensifies despite the actions of surveillance and protection of forest and wildlife areas.

Between 25,000 and 30,000 elephants are illegally slaughtered each year to recover their tusks and fuel international traffic, mainly to Asia.

The African elephant population declined during the 2010s, i.e. 111,000 fewer in 2019 compared to the previous decade which counted nearly 450,000 specimens. Certain populations of elephants are particularly threatened, in particular the populations of West Africa. They are in fact scattered over vast areas and somehow survive in a few national parks.

Thus, the Director General of Water and Forests, head of the body, greets this decision of the justice system and hopes that it will have a stronger hand to punish, at the height of their crimes, the offenders involved in forest or wildlife offenses.

These sanctions, according to him, will undoubtedly help to deter potential violators of the forest and wildlife law and will further motivate the personnel of the paramilitary framework of Water and Forests and the various partners working in the field of flora and fauna protection.

On this occasion, he wishes to congratulate the staff of the Center-Sud regional directorate and hence the Nahouri provincial directorate, for the work done. He also thanks the NGOs Guardian Angels of Nature, Conservation Justice and NITIDAE for their support and their frank collaboration in the success of this mission.