President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday assented to the Endangered Species Control of International Trade and Traffic Amendment Act 2016, earlier passed by the National Assembly.
Under this new amendment the government has also increased penalties for violations of the law on trafficking on the endangered species in line with modern realities.
Amendment to the law on the endangered species now in force would deter people from trafficking in endangered species because they are seen officially as the preserves of the country.
Sen. Ita Enang, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), said on Friday in Abuja that the Act was one of the 10 bills forwarded by the National Assembly to the Nigerian leader.
He said that with the approval, President Buhari had completed work on all the bills sent to him for his consent.
With the signing of the Act, President Buhari had so far signed 17 bills into law in 2016.
The President in November signed eight bills into law which included the Prevention of Crime Amendment Act 2016 and the National Crop Varieties and Livestock Breeds (Registration) Amendment Act 2016.
Others are the Telecommunications and Postal Offences Amendment Act 2016, and the National Agricultural Land Development Authority Amendment Act 2016.