Namwera Police Post in Mangochi district has arrested two men for allegedly being found with a dead pangolin.
Mangochi Police Station Public Relations Officer, Amina Tepani Daudi says the duo, Afick John, 35 and Elias Janatu, 45, were apprehended on the night of March 11, 2023 within Chiponde area in the lakeshore district.
According to Daudi, one the day, Namwera Police detectives were tipped by members of the community that some three men were selling pangolin at a trading centre.
“Police in coordination with National Parks and Wildlife officers rushed to the place and apprehended two suspects while the other bolted,”
“The officers also found the dead Pangolin which was hidden in a plastic paper inside the black laptop bag,” Daudi says.
She adds,” The suspects claimed to have acquired the animal from Mozambique.”
The two suspects will appear before court after the completion of paperwork to answer the charge of illegal possession of specimen of listed species contrary to section 110 (b) of National Parks and Wildlife Act.