The Nigerian Conservation Foundation has asked the Governor of Ondo State , Rotimi Akeredolu , to prosecute an indigene who recently killed an elephant in Idanre.
An unidentified man had last week killed an elephant at Janiyi camp in Idanre, Ondo State , sparking mixed reactions from Nigerians on the social media .
The NCF said the governor ’s action against the killer would serve as a deterrent to others as elephants were globally endangered .
The Acting Director General of the NCF, Joseph Onoja , stated this on Tuesday , when he led a three -man delegation on a courtesy visit to the Punch Place , the corporate headquarters of Punch Nigeria Limited , Magboro, Ogun State .
According to Onoja , the NFC manages the Omo Shasha Woodland , where the elephant was killed.
He said , “The NFC plays a vital role in the country ’s environment nature preservation . We manage the Omo -Shasha Woodland which is the last forest complex in the South -West where we still have the forest elephant .
“It was in the corner of this forest that an elephant was killed , we have been in touch with the governor trying to get him to take action because the incident has the potential of embarrassing his government .
“We knew there were elephants there but we didn ’t want to blow it up so that poachers will not go in there and hunt the elephants . So , we were really disheartened , it is a criminal offence . We have a law, which is the Endangered Species Act and elephants are under Schedule 1 , people are not supposed to trade in it . Nigeria is a signatory to biodiversity , we are not supposed to kill endangered species and elephants are known globally as endangered species . ”
Onoja said under the Endangered Species Act, whoever killed an elephant could be penalised .
“When you kill an elephant , you extract its tusks which are classified under globally banned and illegally traded products . The person can be charged with killing an endangered species and trading in an illegal product ,” he said .
The DG also called for more action in the preservation of vultures , adding that the bird ’s population had declined in the last six years .
“Vulture moved from the least concerned to critically endangered species and the next step will be extinction . They play very vital roles , if they are not there to clean carcasses off the environment , the dogs and rats will take them into the human population where they spread anthrax , tuberculosis and cholera among other diseases that can affect the human population , ” he added.