Ogun State Government on Tuesday said it is investigating the motive behind the killing of one of its elephants in the forest by suspected hunters.
Ogun State Government on Tuesday said it is investigating the motive behind the killing of one of its elephants in the forest by
It said a veterinary expert had established dane gun wounds were observed on its body whiledane gun pelletswere also discovered, stressing that since it was an elephant without tusks, it is difficult to pin monetary motive to it.Commissioner for Forestry, Tunji Akinosi, told
The Nationit was also doubtful if the animal was shot for the purpose of harvesting meat (protein).According to government, from the layman’s perspective, it is looking at the direction of “accidental shooting” until expert investigation is concluded.
Read Also:However, the Commissioner disclosed the ministry had received the authority to go after the perpetrators, make arrest and cause them to face appropriate sanction, adding one elephant was killed and not four.The Commissioner also reiterated government’s commitment to conserving the elephant endemic part of its forest reserve. headtopics.com
The Commissioner said: “We found one of our elephants dead on Saturday and it was shot between five and eight days earlier according to the veterinary doctor who followed us to see it.ADVERTISEMENT“We have launched an investigation into it. It was shot with a dane gun, the hunter-like dane gun.
“The doctor saw pellets. That’s what we are investigating into. And the authorities have been informed and they will launch a manhunt for the hunter that could have shot the elephants.“The elephant is one that does not have a tusk, we would have suggested it could have been shot for monetary reason but if it does not have tusk, what does the person want to use it for?
“Is it for meat we can’t tell because no part of it before our people got there was mutilated or taken away. Read more: The Nation Nigeria »
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