NAKURU, KENYA: Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers on Friday confiscated 14 kilograms of ivory from suspected traffickers near Nakuru town, about 180 km from the capital, Nairobi.
Aggrey Maumo, assistant director in charge of Central Rift region at KWS, said the two suspected ivory traffickers were riding on a motorcycle when they were nabbed. “Our intelligence officers laid a trap and arrested the suspects who were carrying ivory that was believed to have been plucked from elephants killed in Laikipia County several months ago,” said Maumo.
He said the suspects will be arraigned in court next week to answer charges of ivory trafficking that would attract lengthy jail term. “We are committed to ending the menace of poaching that pose a major threat to our wildlife and the sting operations targeting poachers will continue,” said Maumo.
The latest arrest of ivory traffickers came barely a month after unknown people raided Lake Nakuru National Park and shot dead a rhino before carting away its horn.