Three nabbed with elephant tusks
23 March 2015, 21:41
Bungoma - Three people are being held at Bungoma police station after they were arrested with two elephant tusks weighing 8 Kgs at Chwele market in Bungoma County following a tip from members of the public.
The suspects are being held as the investigation is still underway before they are arraigned in court.
County Commissioner, Maalim Mohamed confirmed that the trio - two Kenyans and a man of Ugandan origin - was arrested in Chwele and Kimilili town respectively on Sunday.
"Our officers were tipped off by members of the public on the ongoing illegal elephant tusks trade which forced them to pounce on a woman and a man in Chwele market who mentioned their Ugandan accomplice who was arrested in his hideout in Kimilili town," said
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He said that the trio is being held at Bungoma police station as investigations continue, before they are arraigned in court.
Cases of ivory poaching have increased in Mt Elgon forest, threatening the life of elephants due to high market value of the tusks.
Mohammed noted that the government will soon approve the employment of community rangers (Scouts) to help curb poaching in Mt Elgon forest.
He further called on the public to help contain poaching and conserve the environment to attract domestic and foreign tourists.
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