Two suspects arrested in possession of 52 Kgs of elephant tusks in Nyeri
By John Kalii, May 31st, 2023
Police officers on Tuesday arrested two male suspects in possession of 52 Kgs of Elephant ivory in Nyeri.
According to National Police Service (NPS), the tusks of an estimated market value of Ksh.5.3 million were recovered with the help of Kenya Wildlife service (KWS).
The suspects Gichohi, 45 and Wahome, 50, will be arraigned in Court on May 31, 2023 Wednesday for possession of wildlife trophy Contrary to Section 93(4) of the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act of 2013………
Elephant tusks valued at Sh5.3mn seized in Nyeri, 2 arrested
by Bruin Making
NAIROBI, Kenya, May 31 – Detectives in Nyeri County have recovered 52 kilograms of elephant ivory, estimated to have a market value of Sh 5.3 million.
According to the National Police Service, two suspects were arrested during the operation that took place on Tuesday.
Police said the suspects will be arraigned on Wednesday to face charges of possession of wildlife trophy, which is in violation of Section 93 (4) of the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act of 2013.
The recovery comes days after elephant tusks weighing over 110 kilograms were recovered in Laikipia County and one suspect arrested.
In an intelligence-led operation conducted by sleuths from the Serious Crimes Unit, the 47-year-old man was arrested at Sipili area in Kirima Sub-County, after a vehicle ferrying the tusks was intercepted.
Elephant tusks fetch a fortune in the black market as a surge in demand for ivory in the East continues to fuel the illicit trade in elephant tusks, especially from Africa.