Convicted Guinea Conakry wildlife trafficker Ousmane Diallo, was arrested over the weekend almost a month after Judge Madadouba Sow sentenced him to one year in prison, the maximum sentence for wildlife crime in the west African state. Police commissioner Niouma Koivogui coordinated the multi-service operations that included INTERPOL, Ministry of Environment Guinea and GALF- the Guinea Conakry branch of WARA Conservation, a French wildlife protection organization.
Diallo was sentenced following an 18 month undercover operation to gather evidence against him. He is known to be the most prolific wildlife criminal in Africa who personally boasted of having killed more than 500 chimpanzees and trafficked thousands of bird and lion skins.
“I can breathe now. This is the culmination of 18 months of hard work…This is a fine end to the story. It is a great personal pleasure to know that Ousmane is behind bars”, WARA founder Charlotte Houpline told Iroko Africa shortly after the fugitive was arrested.
On what GALF, the local branch of WARA will do to make sure Diallo does not return to his criminal ways after he is released, Ms Houpline is clear;
“We will continue to monitor him while he is in jail, and definitely monitor him when he is released. If he starts trafficking again after his release, we will make sure he returns to jail. We hope that his time in prison will be traumatic enough to make him realise crime does not pay” she added.
She said like all hardworking Guineans, GALF hopes Diallo begins working for a living, not killing protected wildlife species for money.