Flying Squad Nets 2 With Ivory in Upscale Kololo

The suspects at Jinja road police
Police Flyimng Squad in Kampala on Thursday afternoon arrested two young men Ibrahim Onzima and Muhammad Kulubale with 250 kilograms of ivory worth Shs212 million  an equivalent of US$850, approved 000 from an upscale suburb of Kololo.

Both Onzima, seek 24, and Kulubale, 23, are residents of Munyonyo Salaama Road in Makindye Division. They were driving in a Toyota Mark X UAV 419X with the ivory that they had planned to sell to the potential buyer whom they had negotiated this illicit deal with.

The Flying Police Squad Commandant Mr Herbert Muhangi says police worked hand in hand with officials from Natural Resource Conservation Network (NRCN) to have these suspects arrested, having followed them for a month.

Mr Muhangi said the suspects refused to transact business with any Ugandan businessman saying, “Ugandans do not have the money for such deals.”

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The suspects had earlier told the buyer that they have 600 kilograms but first wanted to determine whether the buyer really had money.

Some of the ivory found with the suspects

Some of the ivory found with the suspects

These were taking the contraband to a Chinese buyer in Lower Kololo near the Cuban Embassy, only to be stopped and searched by plain clothed police officers at the gate. The officers had been tipped off by informers about the deal.

They were driven to Jinja Road Police where police registered their case under SD/12/15/09/2016.

Mr. Vincent Opyene, the Chief Executive Officer of Natural Resource Conservation Network (NRCN) said they deployed undercover crime buster, backed by the Police Flying Squad from Jinja Road Police Station to have the suspects arrested.

He further, urged police to investigate in detail so as to find out the big people behind these young men involved in illegal wildlife trade in the country.

One of the suspects Kulubale told police that he is a student at Apas Secondary School in Nsambya and that the other suspect Onzima is his cousin brother.

Money found with the suspects

Money found with the suspects

Besides ivory, police found Onzima with US$400 an equivalent of Shs1.4 million, Shs 25,000, and 5000 Congolese Francs and a driving permit from the DRC.

On examination, police found that the suspects had several telephone conversations with some people from Burundi and DRC on that day of the arrest.



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