The two suspects arrested in connection with the smuggling of consignments containing 140 different species of snakes and 660 other animals have disappeared
“Just two persons were brought here and we have no clue where they have disappeared to.”
The state director in charge of the Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Services in Cross River State, NAQS, Sunday Ukut, on Friday told the Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jubril.
Two suspects were arrested in connection with the smuggling of consignments containing 140 different species of snakes and 660 other animals imported into Nigeria from Cameroon.
The suspects, identified as Julius Novigana and Victor Agbor, were handed over to officials of the NAQS on July 26.
Jubril was on an official visit to the office in Calabar to hand over the reptiles to the University of Uyo for research.
The minister, who showed surprise at the disclosure, said he was not happy with the agency’s poor handling of the case.
He said the smugglers would have given more information on the purpose of their activities.
“But the agency has messed up the vigilance and good intentions of the Customs service officers who intercepted the consignment,” he said.