The Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) has called for collective support against unlawful trade of wildlife, hunting and possession of wildlife parts in order to sustain the ecological balance and prevent the extinction of some special animals and plants.
The General Manager of the Agency, Dr. Dolapo Fasawe, made the call while speaking on the rescue of a Sea Turtle from a poacher, who was arrested by the officials of the Kick against Indiscipline (KAI) in the Eti-Osa area of the State.
She said: “Our awareness advocacy recently paid off, as the officials of the Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) Eti-Osa Zone arrested one Isiaka Muhammad, who confessed to hunting sea creatures and selling them. The sea reptile was recovered and later released back into the ocean at Oniru Beach in the presence of our natural resource protection team”.
Dr. Fasawe expressed concern that ignorance of the general public to the benefits of wildlife is contributing to the high rate of unchecked illicit trade of the endangered species by some selfish people against the general interest of all.
According to her, the laws covering the preservation and conservation of wildlife in Nigeria are largely enshrined in two sets of Acts, namely: The Nigerian Endangered Species Act (Control of International Trade and Traffic) Act, Decree 11 of the 1985 Constitution and Section 20 of the National Parks Service Act.