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NESREA and UNODC partner to combat illegal wildlife trafficking

The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) have partnered to combat wildlife trafficking by monitoring and enforcing legislation in the sub-region.

Its Director General, Professor Aliyu Jauro, said this while receiving materials from UNODC in Abuja, saying the traffickers have adopted sophisticated methods. He said: “We too must acquire modern technologies to trap them in their illegal trade in Nigeria.

Jauro explained that the provision of real-time equipment would significantly improve wildlife monitoring, investigation, intelligence gathering, law enforcement, evidence collection, data generation, management and transmission .

He assured that the Nigerian government was taking necessary steps to rid the country of wildlife crimes, adding that the recent destruction of seized wildlife stocks was intended to deter and send a signal to perpetrators of such crimes.

Likewise, Jauro maintained that the agency had put in place necessary controls at border posts to thwart the activities of those who plan to use Nigeria as a transit hub for the illegal shipment of controlled wildlife and their products to other countries.

The NESREA Director General therefore expressed his gratitude to UNODC, adding that the gadgets would be deployed to the agency's zonal and state field offices, particularly those that have been identified as hotspots for traffickers .

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