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Trophy dealers in custody after failing to secure a Sh1million bond
Date Published: 19 Nov, 2012
Two suspected trophy dealers found in possession of two rhino horns are in police custody after failing to pay a Sh1million bond at a Kibera Law court on Tuesday (November 13, 2012).
The two, Masila Sengu and Abdirahman Oda, were arrested by Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) officials on Monday (November 12, 2012) at Eastleigh area in Nairobi County. They were jointly charged on three counts of being in illegal possession of a government trophy, dealing and failing to make a report to authorities. The trophies weighing three kilograms have an estimated street value of Sh1.5 million.
The suspects denied the charges and were to be released on a bond of Sh1 million each with surety of similar amount. However, they have remained in police custody after they failed to raise the bond value. The hearing is set for February 26, 2013.
Meanwhile, KWS rangers have netted 48 kilograms of ivory and 764 rounds of ammunition in the past week of anti-poaching operations. 46 suspected poachers have also been nabbed across the country.
In Isiolo County, a suspect was arrested near Loseketeti River and 764 rounds of ammunition recovered on Monday (November 5, 2012). A motorbike he was using to ferry the cache was impounded.
In Nyeri County, 12 kilograms of ivory were recovered and a lorry impounded on Tuesday (November 6, 2012). Two suspects believed to have been transporting the ivory escaped arrest during the incidence. Investigations are underway to arrest them. Elsewhere in Kanjire village, Taita Taveta County, four suspects were arrested and 26 kilograms of ivory and assorted poaching weapons recovered. A vehicle was also impounded during the arrest.
In Narok County at Malelo village, three suspects were arrested and 10 kilograms of ivory recovered on Tuesday (November 7, 2012).