Two arrested for offering to sell live Pangolin


Two men have been arrested in Balaka for alleged possession of live pangolin.

The two; Yusuf Sadik, 32, and Pemphero Sydney, 42, were arrested after they offered to sell the pangolin for K7 million.

Selling of Pangolin is a crime as it contravenes Section 86 (1) of National Parks and Wildlife Act.

Detailing how the two were cornered Balaka Police Spokesperson Inspector Felix Misomali said a well wisher posed as a potential buyer.

He then tipped off the police that three men were offering for sale government trophies within Balaka Township.

Misomali explained: "Following up the tip, police detectives rushed to the scene where they seized the Pangolin and arrested the duo who were using a Lorry Mitsubishi Canter registration number BLK 8452 driven by the second suspect, Sydney, but one suspect immediately bolted."

The publicist said the two will appear before court after thorough investigations.

Sadik comes from Nakapa Village, Traditional Authority Bwananyambi in Mangochi.

Sydney hails from Kandengwe Village, Traditional Authority Nsamala in Balaka.