International environmental activists have fingered Nigeria as one of the sources of trafficking pangolin. They claim that the animal is going into extinction because the Chinese smuggle them into China. In this report, Daily Trust reporter investigates the chain of pangolin hunting and selling in Ogun State.
Safiriyu Bisiriru, in his 60s, was daring in his response, when asked if he knew killing of pangolin, an animal classified as “endangered species” was criminal.
Bisiriyu said, “Yes, it is against the law to kill pangolin, but should hunters die of hunger? What choice do they have?”
Bisiriyu is the Baale of Aba Kurudu, a village around the Omo Forest Reserve in the state. He, like many other locals in the area, would do anything to justify hunting for and killing of pangolin; the quiet and nocturnal animal.