More than 17 tonnes of pangolin parts and elephant tusks – believed to be worth at least £38m – have been seized by officials in Nigeria.
Three foreign nationals were arrested and a fourth is being pursued, described as the kingpin of the operation by authorities.
The haul included 196 bags containing 17,134kg of pangolin scales, 870kg of elephant tusks and 4.6kg of pangolin claws.
Officials said the seizure was made at Lekki, near Nigeria‘s main port in Lagos, and was the product of “extensive collaboration” with British, US and German officials, as well as international organisations.
The operation was part of government attempts to combat illegal wildlife trading, which is common in the country.
Colonel Hameed Ibrahim Ali, comptroller-general of customs, said the suspects “will soon have their date in court” as officials will “leave no stone unturned to bring them to justice”.
He added: “Deforestation and deflation of…