Four Ghanaian poachers are in court on criminal charges for allegedly killing an elephant, an endangered wildlife species, Executive-Director for the wildlife division of the forestry commission, Bernard Asamoah-Boateng told Xinhua on Friday.
He said an investigation by personnel of the wildlife division, supported by the police and military, led to the arrest of the four suspects.
The suspects allegedly shot and killed the middle-aged male elephant, which was part of a herd traveling from Burkina Faso to Ghana on April 13. They dismembered the carcass and took away its tusks and other parts at Vamboi in Ghana’s Upper West Region.
“Elephants are highly protected by law in Ghana, trading in their parts is prohibited,” Boateng said.
Elephants in the northern part of Ghana belong to the group of shared species that move in the contiguous forest between Ghana and Burkina Faso.
The poachers took advantage of the restriction on movements introduced to combat COVID-19 in Ghana to break the law on protected species, said Asamoah-Boateng.
He urged rural communities to assist personnel of the wildlife division by volunteering information on people who break the law on wildlife in Ghana. Enditem