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Nigerian officials intercept 7,000 smuggled donkey penises at international airport

Nigerian officials intercept 7,000 smuggled donkey penises at international airport after bag odor raised suspicion

  • The 7,000 donkey penises were smuggled to Hong Kong in 16 bags
  • But customs officials at Lagos International Airport intercepted parcels
  • The illegal trade in donkey parts – including penises and animal skin – from Nigeria to China is common as they are used to make Chinese medicines

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Nigerian officials intercepted 7,000 donkey penises at an international airport after the smell of the packages aroused suspicion.

The donkey penises were smuggled into Hong Kong in 16 bags, but customs officials at Murtala Muhammed Airport in the Nigerian city of Lagos intercepted the packages.

Sambo Dangaladima, the customs inspector at the airport, told the BBC that the animal parts were found in bags at the animal export department.

The donkey penises were smuggled into Hong Kong in 16 bags, but customs officers at the Murtala Muhammed airport (file image) in Lagos city intercepted the packages

The donkey penises were smuggled into Hong Kong in 16 bags, but customs officers at the Murtala Muhammed airport (file image) in Lagos city intercepted the packages

The illegal trade in donkey parts - including the animal's penises and skin - from Nigeria to China is common

The illegal trade in donkey parts - including the animal's penises and skin - from Nigeria to China is common

The illegal trade in donkey parts – including the animal’s penises and skin – from Nigeria to China is common

He said there was a pungent odor from the bags, which aroused suspicion among customs officers, who then opened the packages and found the 7,000 donkey penises.

Dangaladima said a suspect linked to the shipment, which is estimated to be worth 200 million Naira (£416,000), managed to escape.

The illegal trade in donkey parts – including the animal’s penises and skin – from Nigeria to China is common.

The animal parts are used in China to make a traditional medicine called ejiao.

In June, Nigerian customs officials said they had intercepted three 100kg bags filled with donkey genitals and 3,712 pieces of donkey skin at an airport.

Four months earlier, in March, four suspects were arrested while trying to smuggle 2,754 donkey penises and 3,712 pieces of skin.

In June, Nigerian customs said they intercepted three 100kg bags filled with donkey genitals and 3,712 pieces of donkey skin at an airport (pictured)

In June, Nigerian customs said they intercepted three 100kg bags filled with donkey genitals and 3,712 pieces of donkey skin at an airport (pictured)

In June, Nigerian customs said they intercepted three 100kg bags filled with donkey genitals and 3,712 pieces of donkey skin at an airport (pictured)

Nigeria lost more than £6 billion to the illegal trade in donkey parts to China between 2012 and 2018.

It is illegal in Nigeria to kill donkeys for their body parts and smuggle them abroad – but the illegal smuggling continues.

The Donkey Dealers Association of Nigeria this week urged the Nigerian government to prosecute those engaged in the indiscriminate killing of donkeys and smuggling their animal parts outside the country.

The charity said they have invested millions in raising donkeys, but the smugglers are sabotaging their efforts.

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