LAGA passed on Monday on ABC Nightline !: White Gold' on Black Market: Elephants Slaughtered for Illegal Ivory Trade

docs/news/Juin-Aout-2013/Burundi-ivoire-saisie-arb.jpg"Nightline" goes undercover with wildlife crime fighter battling smugglers, corruption in Africa. Chasing Ivory Poachers, Smugglers in West Africa - Tonight: Chasing Ivory Dealers in West Africa: The Raid - "Nightline" went undercover with wildlife crime fighters to catch suspected smugglers  - Black Market Ivory Investigation: Going After 'The Boss' - Part 2: While rushing to witness the capture of Togo's biggest ivory dealer, something goes wrong -  Find also: Part 1: In a global undercover investigation, "Nightline's" Bill Weir tracks the illegal ivory trade.

 

You can watch it here: HERE

 

♦ Tonight: Chasing Ivory Dealers in West Africa: The Raid - "Nightline" went undercover with wildlife crime fighters to catch suspected smugglers:You can watch it here: HERE

 

♦ Black Market Ivory Investigation: Going After 'The Boss' - Part 2: While rushing to witness the capture of Togo's biggest ivory dealer, something goes wrong: You can watch it here: HERE

 

Chasing Ivory Poachers, Smugglers in West Africa - Part 1: In a global undercover investigation, "Nightline's" Bill Weir tracks the illegal ivory trade: You can watch it here: HERE

 

Nightline shot with us my mission in Togo, and as you may remember I came back from this Guinea-Togo mission broken as the big ivory dealer slipped through our hands. From that time we continued trying to get him lured and arrested. With the broadcast the chances of arresting the ivory dealer were to be drastically reduced once he realizes that he is a star.  It was a race against the clock…

 

And then we got him! He is now behind bars arrested by Togo’s special unit originally set to fight drug trafficking. They have done a very professional job, and arrested him with hundreds of Kg of ivory, from his shop, hidden behind it, and in his house. I try to get to Togo fast and assist the interrogation, but we hope to get interesting specific information transmitted from Togo to several other countries through Interpol channels.

 

Emile N’bouke  was first identified by Luc. Later, Julian Rademeyer and I went to investigate and  work with the Togolese authorities and the newest LAGA replication, TALF, get him arrested.

 

Emile N’bouke is a big international ivory trafficker, that described to Julian the amazing magnitude of his business, concealment methods etc. He explained CITES in details, better than most government delegates and said we should not worry, cause ivory is not entirely illegal and more legal sales are expected. (food for thought, for what CITES decisions mean to the criminals). N’bouke, well connected and rich, started his ivory business the year I was born – 1976.

 

Other good news - in Cameroon on Friday we managed to get baby chimp rescued and an ape trafficker and his accomplice arrested.  I attached a picture of the baby chimp with the materials used to conceal her . She was put inside a sack and inside a box that was transported by a bike. She is now with the care of Ape Action Africa.

 

 

For more information concerning the Content of this article, please consult: LAGA - Wildlife Law Enforcement AC - Anti Corruption - New Generation Activism for Africa - Tel: +237-99651803 - www.LAGA-Enforcement.org - www.Kick-Corruption.org

 

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