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N6.9m worth of Snakes, Geckos, Spiders imported into Nigeria intercepted in Calabar



Snakes, Geckos, Spiders imported into Nigeria from Cameroon intercepted in Calabar

Nanbyen Burromvyat, the Customs Area Comptroller in charge of Calabar Free Trade Zone, Cross River and Akwa Ibom Command, has said the command intercepted three consignments containing 140 species of snakes and 600 other animals imported into Nigeria.

She said the consignments were imported from Cameroon aboard a vessel MV Flesh, and were intercepted by officers on July 24, 2017, on arrival at the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) jetty, with a market value of N6.9 million.

PUNCH reports that the Lagos-bound animals were made up of geckos, millipedes, hairy frogs and spiders.

“These containers have animals of different sizes. They were brought in on July 24, 2017, through the Calabar waterways. There is no permit to bring live animals into the country. We have seized and we are handing the animals over to the Nigerian Quarantine Services for further action. I do not know what they want to do with them, but I think that the animals are dangerous because they include  snakes, spiders, geckos and other creatures. We have enough snakes around Nigeria already,” Burromvyat said.

The species of the snakes were Atheris squamigera, Bitis gobanica, Dasypeltis ssp and Boiga pulverinata, the millipedes were of the Architreptulus species, the geckos of the Hemidactylus frenatus and Hemidactylus fasciatus species, the hairy frogs of the Trichobatrachus robustus species and the spiders of the Arachnidae species


  1. Maestro LB

    July 27, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    Abeg which kyn thing be dis one nah?

    • fleur

      July 29, 2017 at 12:25 am

      In other words, someone imported puff adders and green bush vipers – all vipers; a cobra type, the most poisonous frog on the planet. Sounds to me we should be looking for the owner at a market for human body parts.

  2. Em

    July 27, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    This is scary….

  3. Angiee

    July 27, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    Nawaoh! They should further interrogate the owner of that consignment until they speak out. God help us.

  4. Mmesoma

    July 27, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    what in the world is this ..only God knows the kind of things that has slipped through customs …why should snakes be imported ..they should immediately set fire to them all

  5. Dr.N

    July 27, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    Is it for an exotic restaurant or scientific research?

    • Drknite

      July 27, 2017 at 11:06 pm

      For fufu and soup

  6. Suga

    July 27, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    Wetin person no go hear for this country called Nigeria !!, Biko nu is this actually a curse?If only Nigerians can get to the root of matters before publicizing it because it is inevitably crucial that whoever that has imported those creatures be apprehended by all means and interrogated so as to ascertain the purpose of this that way we would be sure that this matter is properly addressed and the public will take precautions accordingly. …this is one of the scariest news I have ever read. May God forbid evil for his people, amen.

  7. Drknite

    July 27, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    Glad to see someone trying to increase and vary the wildlife In Nigeria. I was getting seeing Ibgo people

    • Odufa

      July 28, 2017 at 5:44 am

      I have they maintained the ones in the country that they will be bringing in more???

  8. nene+

    July 27, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    They should ask Burutai . He is the only one who builds exotic houses in the UAE from the proceeds of snake rearing! May be he has added geckos,hairy frogs to his line.

  9. Orienma

    July 27, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    Wet in person no go hear for Naija? Snakes kwa! 3 containers? Hmmm!

  10. Uju

    July 27, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    What else is new with you Nigerians people. Nigerians are the only bloggers who will post a topic and show a photo of snake on their blogs everyday. I think worship anything gross disgusting stuff. Take the likes of linda ikeji whom I have a strong feeling has a snake shrine In her BI home

  11. Ottawa Queen

    July 27, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    End-time importation!! Is this occultic, business or what? What benefit is one deriving from gecko’s and millipedes?

  12. bubu

    July 28, 2017 at 1:10 am

    Lobatan!! Buhari must hear dis.

  13. Billy the Kid

    July 28, 2017 at 6:04 am

    Let me guess: the destination of these snakes are for one of our posh ‘point and kill’ restaurants, right?

  14. LOVE

    July 28, 2017 at 8:32 am


  15. johb

    July 28, 2017 at 8:49 am

    good. they should learn to patronise home grown snakes and geckos

  16. Nne

    July 28, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Probably use the snakes for fashion items or rear and export to all these fashion houses. I am yet to understand the gecko and spider part though

    • fleur

      July 29, 2017 at 12:26 am

      try native doctors and killing opponents with a poisoned handshake or cup of tea.

  17. Mama

    July 28, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Haha…reminds me of Idi Amin’s statement “Mallam Mugu eat snake, snake will make you strong”, in the movie “the rise and fall of Idi Amin”.

  18. Mama

    July 28, 2017 at 9:30 am

    On a serious note, this is how they’ll bring strange and dangerous diseases into the country. Animals are well known vectors which is why you just don’t transport them from one country to another without proper documentation and following due process.

    I would have loved to see the face of the customs personnel who first opened the cargo; he/she must have pissed their pants.

  19. kemi o

    July 28, 2017 at 9:30 am

    someone trying to create propaganda perhaps? God help Naij

  20. Rubby

    July 28, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Saaaaaay what now….And we thought we’ve heard it all!

  21. Sarah

    July 28, 2017 at 10:50 am

    I can’t fathom why they will import animals that can be found in Nigeria. Is there such a huge demand for snakes and spiders?

  22. Anon

    July 28, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Snakes on a plane! Now snakes on a ship/vessel.

  23. Sakura

    July 28, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Geckos!!! No! They freak the hell out of me. Just typing this is making my skin crawl.

  24. Eucharist

    July 28, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Nigeria is one of the most disorganised and backward nation in the a civilised society, Where we have animal rights activists, the poor creatures are never to be destroyed.even if suspected to be infectious, thet can only be quarantined thereafter taken a certified vetenary clinic for necessary test to be carried on them and also got their wellfares to be considered.those animals have not done anything wrong to warrant them being killed.the only culprits here are the smugglers.they are the only who deserve to be meted with the appropriate justice.

    • I Tire oh

      July 29, 2017 at 3:16 am

      Really? That’s the point you chose to make regarding such a situation? No wahala nwa bekee

  25. Edet

    July 28, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    Wait o, has anyone contacted our embassy in China, Singapore, Malaysia or Japan before our diplomat are expelled or ties broken?

  26. Mnena

    July 28, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Why would someone even think of this kind of a thing in the first place?there must be an agenda 6.9m when people are dying of hunger.Why can’t they use that much money to create something positive????

  27. Iris

    July 29, 2017 at 6:33 am

    Is it possible that they are smuggling things inside these animals or am I watching too much TV? In one episode of Castle they used snakes to smuggle in blood diamonds.

  28. meelikey

    July 30, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Please law enforcement agents,arrest the owner(s) bundle them in the same container and deport them back to where the container came from. BAZZ-TADZS!

  29. Jamal Eric

    August 1, 2017 at 6:01 am

    Jeez!!! Reptiles? Goosebumps all ova

  30. Dr

    August 1, 2017 at 7:36 am

    The key thing here is that these were brought in without permit. That’s smuggling. There are international charters that Nigeria is part of to protect wildlife. The importers may have good intentions (pharmaceutical, academics, there could be a community who buy exotic animals for pets in Ñigeria who knows) but since they did not do the right thing by obtaining necessary permits, it has become criminal. My guess is that they are exploiting our porus borders in a smuggling network. The destination might not be Nigeria.

  31. WADADA

    August 17, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    It is only in Nigeria, a country of the absurds that an importation of laboratory-bred vectors of CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL POISONS could be made to look like an ordinary business of exotic species. I would not be surprise if we don’t hear anything of this consignment of death in a few weeks. While the HAIRY FROGS find their ways to our waters, streams and rivers. The SNAKES and MILIPEDES to our farms, streets and backyards. The GECKOS and SPIDERS to our homes, office and business premises. This is Nigeria where those who protect her DON’T CARE.

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