#117. CF 1649/2017 Kibera  217 kg Seized Near Jomo Kenyatta IA
Six of the seven accused waiting to be transported for interrogation and the ivory and packaging seized in the house

#117. CF 1649/2017 Kibera 217 kg Seized Near Jomo Kenyatta IA

216 kg of ivory seized in Nairobi home

SEEJ-AFRICA THUMBNAIL
  • On the evening of June 26th, 2017, officer from the Special Crimes Prevention Unit received information on a property in the Utawala Estate, Nairobi, where a quantity of ivory was located. Utawala Estate is located just north of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
  • SCPU officers maintained surveillance on the property until the next morning when they conducted a search as two persons about to leave.
  • The resulting search found 216 kg of cut ivory, much of it already wrapped, along with scales, cutting equipment and packaging materials.
  • Five men were arrested on the property with a pickup vehicle. Four of the five had with employment ties to Jomo Kenyatta Airport.
  • A sixth male and the alleged ring leader, Abdinur Ibrahim Ali, was arrested a short time later off site.  A seventh man, a Somali national and Mozambique resident, Ahmed Mohamud Salah alias Ahmed Mahabub Gedi, was arrested a few days later while attempting to flee Kenya at the Namanga border crossing.
  • All seven appeared in court and were released on bail.  The release of Ahmed Salah, with no Kenyan ties, a Somali national with residence and employment in Mozambique, arrested while fleeing the country with fraudulently obtained travel documents would be considered highly irregular.  He has not been seen since release.
  • Since the arrest, investigators have found that both Abdinoor Ibrahim Ali and Ahmed Mohamud Salah have connections to the West African ivory cartel based in Kampala.
FILE
1649/17
SEIZURE DATE
June 27th, 2017
CONTRABAND SEIZED and CIRCUMSTANCES
216.76 kg of worked ivory, in 105 pieces, many already packaged and wrapped for air freight
LOCATION
A rented home in Utawala Estate, Nairobi (near Jomo Kenyatta International Airport)
POINT OF ORIGIN
Reported to have come from DRC but  also Meru National Park. DNA analysis has not been done to confirm.
ACCUSED
Julius Abluu Adika, Abdinur Ibrahim Ali, Wesley Adweya, Hillary Karani, Rawling Innocent, Ronson Ogondi Njue, Ahmed Mohamud Salah alias Ahmed Mahabub Gedi
CHARGED
Possession of Wildlife Trophies, Dealing in Wildlife Trophies, Acting in Concert with others contrary to Prevention of Organized Crimes Act
COURT
Kibera
VALUE (Charge Sheet)
Ksh 21, 676,000.00 (USD $ 216,000)
OTHER CONTRABAND
Cutting machine, weight scales, packaging materials, generator
TRANSPORT
Isuzu KCJ 042
ARRESTING AGENCY
National Police Service – Special Crimes Prevention Unit
CONNECTIONS/LINKS
  • Abdinur Ibrahim Ali is linked to West African cartel leader, Moazu Kromah, (now in US jail) in Kampala.
  • Ahmed Mohamud Salah is linked to Kromah and assisted with financial transactions in the past.
  • Four of the accused had working connections to JKIA.
COURT PROGRESS
The next scheduled hearings are for April 13th and 21st, 2021. (adjourned due to Covid)
To date, there have been at least 22 court sittings for this case. (the actual count is muddied by 2020 Covid year)
Seized ivory and equipment being displayed for court as part of the trial hearing
CHARGE SHEETS
MEDIA COVERAGE

 10 key dealers nabbed and 289 kilos of ivory seized

Cyrus Ombati July 12th, 2017 The Standard
 
NAIROBI, KENYA: Security agencies have arrested ten suspects and seized more than 200 kilos of ivory and 96 kilos of pangolin scales in a joint operation targeting wildlife trophy dealers and known poachers.
 
The suspects have featured in the Kenya Wildlife Services list of wanted persons. Also seized were several kilos of rhino…..
 
KWS has identified an emerging trend in the trafficking of pangolin scales sourced from Central African Republic and smuggled to the far-East through Kenya………
 
The latest arrest was on June 27 when six men were arrested after they were found with 216 kilograms of ivory valued at about Sh21 million in a house in Utawala area, Nairobi.
 
Those caught with the tusks told police they were headed for Hong Kong where the owners had paid for their shipment.
 
Among those nabbed is Abdinur Ibrahim Ali, a businessman based in Moyale. Police investigations show he works with Guinean nationals based in Uganda as well as Chinese buyers abroad. The ivory he was found with in Utawala Estate had been sourced from the Democratic Republic of Congo, police investigations show.
 
Another suspect identified as Ahmed Mohamud Salah alias Ahmed Mahabub Gedi, who is a Somali national with fraudulently acquired Kenyan documents. He is reported to be the link person between Kenyan ivory traders and the far eastern markets of China and Thailand.
 
He was arrested by police at the Kenya-Namanga border on Saturday July 1, 2017 as he attempted to flee the country………
 

MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE

Vehicle impounded with Sh21 Million ivory missing

by Clause Masika  April 19th, 2019

Lawyer successfully applied for it to be released to owner

In Summary

• Isuzu KCJ 042 impounded in 2017 disappeared weeks after a Kibera court ordered KWS to hand it back to its owner
 
• Owner says he never directed that vehicle be given to his driver as alleged
 
A vehicle impounded by Kenya Wildlife Service officers with 216kg of ivory worth  Sh21 million in a house in Utawala in Nairobi is missing, a court was told. Isuzu KCJ 042 was impounded in 2017 disappeared weeks after a Kibera court ordered KWS to hand it back to its owner following a successfully application.
 
Raphael Mugenge, the owner, told court an order was issued in October 31, 2017 to compelling the KWS to release the vehicle to him but he did not receive it.
 
He said his lawyer informed him that following a successful application in a Kibera court the vehicle had been released. Mugenge however told court he never gave an order to the lawyer on who should be given the vehicle.
 
He denied claims that the driver could on his behalf be given the order to get the vehicles from the detectives. 
“I am the only person who could have given the order, not even the lawyer. I know the driver as he is my close friend, having come from the same locality,” he told Kibera senior principal magistrate Esther Boke.
 
Mugenge said his driver called him and told him that the vehicle had been stolen and the matter reported to Embakasi police station. He said the investigating officer called him after the report had been made at the police station to record a statement.
 
He told court that his vehicle was used to transport agricultural produce from farms but not the elephant tusks. He said his friend borrowed the vehicle after use it was kept safe in a compound in their village.
 
During cross-examination Mugenge confirmed he gave the vehicle to the driver whom he  trusted.
 
The matter will be heard on April 29.
 

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