Human safety: NAQS director speaks on seizure of animals
In line with the recent seizure of three container-load of 140 species of snakes and 660 other animals imported into Nigeria from Cameroon by the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, the Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Services, NAQS, has noted that the animals might be returned to the wild or zoos after an investigation.
The coordinating Director of NAQS, Dr. Vincent Isegbe disclosed this Tuesday
while speaking on a radio programme.
In his words, isegbe said people should follow due process and receive approval by relevant government authorities before moving endangered species of animals.
According to one of the suspects arrested at the National Inland Waterways
Authority jetty in Calabar, Cross River State, the three containers was to be
delivered to someone in Lagos.
Report stated that the species of snakes include Atheris squamigera, Bitis
gobanica, Dasypeltis ssp and Boiga pulverinata, while the geckos were Hemidactylus frenatus and Hemidactylus fasciatus.
Other animals are the millipede, hairy frogs and spiders of the Architrep-tulus,
Trichobatrachus robustus and Arachnidae species, respectively.
The director further noted that “Those seized animals are endangered species; we need to conserve them. We will complete our investigation, then take all the necessary actions, which could include returning them to the wild or the zoos or after due diligence, if we find it necessary to return them to the owners.”