Nigeria’s new Endangered Species Conservation and Protection Bill, jointly sponsored by Johnson Oghuma (Chairman of the House Committee on Environment) and Sam Onuigbo (Member of the House of Representatives), recently passed first reading at the House of Representatives. The bill is intended to combat wildlife trafficking and protect endangered species by creating new criminal offences and increasing penalties to reflect the seriousness of the crimes and their impact on endangered species. According to a statement by Africa Nature Investors, Environmental Investigation Agency and Wild Africa Fund, the legislation would make Nigeria compliant with international conventions on endangered species, organised crime, and corruption.