Hunters hunting animals for bush meats have been warned that anyone found guilty of exploitation and commercial hunting of wild animals risked 10-year imprisonment with an option of N1million fine or both.
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The Director-General, Nigerian Conservation Federation (NCF), Mr. Adeniyi Karunwi, sounded the warning in Ibadan on Saturday at a workshop organised by the Pangolins Conservation Working Group, Nigeria in collaboration with National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), South West Zone.
Topic covered at the workshop held in commemoration of 2017 World Pangolins Day was, Speak Up for Pangolins.
Speaking at the occasion, Karunwi said hunting wild-animals like Pangolins portends great danger to the environment, adding it has adverse effect on ecology.
He said, “Our environment is in danger; a lot of wild animals like pangolins are at the risk of going into extinction and there is over-exploitation of these animals.
“People need to know that exploitation and commercialisation of wildlife identified under Schedule 1 of the Endangered Species Amendment Act is a criminal offence that attracts a 10-year jail term.”