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Poachers bag jail sentence in Bauchi

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Written by Saliu Gbadamosi, Bauchi


Friday, 31 August 2012

TWO notorious poachers arrested at the Yankari Games Reserve in Bauchi State have been sentenced to a total of seven years imprisonment for poaching at the reserve, even as one ranger in the reserve was killed, while another was injured by poachers.

The state government lamented that the activities of poachers at the reserve posed a big threat to tourists and animals.

Addressing journalists on Thursday, in Bauchi, the Bauchi State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Salihu Ibrahim, informed that the two poachers were recently arrested by men of the protection department of the reserve and arrigned them in court for poaching, which he said, was illegal.

“One of the poachers got a sentence of four years imprisonment while the other one is to serve three years. As a result of the pressure mounted on the poachers, they have started retaliating by attacking our rangers. Recently, poachers attacked two rangers at the reserve,this led to the death of one of them while the other sustained injuries,” the commissioner said.

Speaking on the recent upward review of tariff payable at the games reserve, the commissioner said it was done in order to generate more revenue and sanitise tourism activities in the state.

According to Alhaji Ibrahim, “The new tariff structure is coming on the heels of concerns raised by many tourists of activities of hoodlums in the game reserve and the need to upgrade the reserve to meet international standard. As a ministry, we reviewed the tariff structure of Yankari Games Reserve right from the gates which has increased from N300 to N5, 000.”

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