Suspected poachers arrested with 54kgs of ivory

Suspected poachers arrested with 54kgs of ivory

Five suspected poachers were arrested in Laikipia West and ivory weighing 54.7 kilograms impounded.

According to Laikipia West Deputy County Commissioner Bennedict Munywoki, the arrests at Mowarak area came after Kenya Wildlife Service officers laid a trap following a tip off from members of the public of the planned shipment of the said ivory to Nairobi.

Munywoki said that three of the suspects are from Samburu County where it is suspected the ivory had been transported from, while the other two were aiding in the transportation.

“We received information from our intelligence unit that the three had brought the ivory and were to meet the two at a marked place at Mowarak area. That is when we laid the trap and arrested all of them as they engaged in a conversation on how to transport the ivory and the price,” said Munywoki.

The five were locked up at Rumuruti police station awaiting further investigations.

“We will definitely arraign them in court to face charges… The case is still with the police who are conducting further investigations,” said Munywoki.

The Deputy County Commissioner further warned those involved in such illegal activities saying the law would catch up with them.

The county deputy boss added that security agencies are on high alert and will arrest those found culpable.