Two Chinese nationals have been arrested at the Lagos airport for attempting to smuggle out of Nigeria 678 pieces of Elephant tusks and eight sacks of Pangolin, the Nigeria Customs Service said on Friday.
The prohibed items weighed over 381 kilogrammes, the Service told journalists.
The Chinese nationals according to the Customs Area Comptroller of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Command, Frank Nduka Allannah, have been remanded in the custody of the Nigerian Customs at the Lagos Airport pending further investigation.
The impounded items consist of scales of Pangolin, the most trafficked endangered animal that eats its own flesh, was meant for export where it would have been used for Chinese medicine.
According to Allannah, the impounded items will be handed over to the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency ( NESREA).
He said the Elephant tusks were in two compartments of 387 unprocessed pieces, while 271 had been processed into combs and hand bangles.
“We do not intend to give the names of the Chinese nationals yet. They have been arrested and are in Customs custody. They will be handed over to the relevant security agencies.
“The prohibited items will be handed over to the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency for further action on the prohibited item,” Allannah said.