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Elephants Killed in Yankari Not Up to 50, Says Bauchi Govt

| July 18, 2012 More

Bauchi โ€” The Bauchi State government has denied a report that over 50 elephants were killed by hunters in Yankari Game Reserve.

The state’s Commissioner for Tourism, Alhaji Salihu Ibrahim, who addressed newsmen in Bauchi, said it is true that hunters are killing the elephants, but that those killed are not up to 50.

“If they kill 50, how many elephants will remain in the game reserve? We are on the trail of the hunters, and we have arrested one of them. He is from Plateau State, the other one has fled, but we will soon get him. We also traced a married woman who buys elephants tusks,” he said.

Ibrahim also denied a report that government officials were selling animals in Sumu Park and distributing some to their friends and well wishers.

“The truth of the matter is that the governor of the state has the power to sell or give out animals. For instance, in universities where students are studying zoology, he can give them for research purposes and development of education. Governor Isa Yuguda also allowed the Presidential villa to take some species of animals to the zoo in the villa after they requested for them”, he said.

He said the Sumu Park animals were donated to the Bauchi State government by the former Namibian President Sam Njuoma, and that the species have multiplied.

The commissioner said government is working with someone sponsored by the United States to protect the lives of elephants in the World, adding, “We are working with him and he is helping us with good advice on the best way to protect the elephants”.

“We are working to sponsor a bill to the state House of Assembly in order to get stiffer penalty for animal hunters to deter others from the act. We have transferred 25 staffers, and government is working round the clock to build a modern restaurant at the reserve. Government has placed order for new kitchen utensils and equipment, and within a short period of time, we will give the place a new look,” he said.

“We are working to sponsor a bill to the state House of Assembly in order to get stiffer penalty for animal hunters to deter others from the act. We have transferred 25 staffers, and government is working round the clock to build a modern restaurant at the reserve. Government has placed order for new kitchen utensils and equipment, and within a short period of time, we will give the place a new look,” he said.

Category: Bauchi State News

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