BPC, in Akwa Ibom State, has expressed concern over the widespread hunt
for tortoises in Akwa Ibom State by women for the preparation of love
potions, popularly known as ‘Kop nno mi’ for their lovers and other
in Mbiakong community, Uruan local government area, said that the
survival of the animal is greatly endangered in the state, as it was
daily hunted for meals and preparation of love concoctions, popularly
known in the area as Kop nno mi and charms for fortune seekers.
Fund, CEPF, and its global partners, Birdlife International and the
Guinea Forest of West Africa, GFWA.
hunted for fetish reasons is worrisome and may likely force the animal
to go into extinction,” calling on the people, especially hunters, to
stop hunting the creature.
approximately 350 species of tortoises in the world out of which three
of the species in Nigeria, including black hinged, forest, home hinged
tortoises and marine sea turtles have been identified as critically
endangered. To save the situation, he urged that all hands should be on
deck to ensure the survival of the animals in the state and indeed
N’Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II, recently received a 145-year-
old tortoise as a gift from his friend, the Emir of Borgu.
inaugurate the University of Ibadan in the late 1940s and the tortoise
was a graduate of the University of London at the age of 50 and has
remained alive till date.”
am not a woman, it is the women, who like to use it to force their
husbands to love them, my own is to kill and eat. We do not use tortoise
for rituals, we only use the hard shell to play the Nabo traditional