As cases of selling of endangered species soar, police in Lilongwe have arrested two men for allegedly possessing a dead pangolin.
Lilongwe Police Station spokesperson Foster Benjamin the suspects, identified as Wiseman Sipiliyano, 37, and Owen Nkhwazi, 32, were arrested on Thursday at the roundabout to Likuni on the Lilongwe West By-pass Road.
He said police detectives got a tip-off that the duo was offering for sale a protected species and immediately, the law enforcers moved in and intercepted the suspects at the roundabout.
Benjamin said a search in the suspects’ laptop bag found a dead pangolin, leading to its seizure and the arrest of the duo.
Meanwhile, the duo has been charged with possession of listed species contrary to Section 86 of the National Parks and Wildlife Act.
Sipiliyano comes from Kupingama Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Chilikumwendo in Dedza District while Nkhwazi hails from Ziyamu Village T/A Malengamzoma in Nkhata-Bay District.