Nebbi: 2 Arrested Over Ivory Trafficking

Police in Nebbi have arrested two suspected ivory traffickers over illegal possession of protected wild life species.

The duo Draku Adnan, buy more about 36 a property master from Arua and Bakole Bruhan, diagnosis 42 a carpenter from Yumbe were found with 21 kilograms of chopped ivory for which they were looking market.

The illegal activity was unearthed by intelligence through Natural Resource Conservation Network (NRCN) undercover agents, jointly with police resulting into the arrests.

Draku, one of the suspects admitted to having obtained the pieces of ivory from a Congolese man a year ago to find market in Uganda.

The two are being held at Nebbi central police station and will be produced in court on February 3 before they are charged with illegal possession of wild life species contrary to the Uganda Wildlife Act 2000 section 75 (b).

Elephants are the most threatened species in the wildlife for their ivory that is used in making expensive jewelry, ivory figurines, ivory chopsticks, and hair ornaments all of which are highly prized luxuries.

Trade in ivory and other elephant products were earlier banned following the massive killing of elephants in Africa to supply the demand for ivory in Asian markets especially in China which greatly affected the number of animals in Uganda which has led to reduction in the safaris to Uganda.

Two tusks from a single male elephant can weigh more than 250 pounds, with a pound of ivory fetching as much as USD 1,500 on the black market. Uganda has not more than 5000 elephants in the national parks thus poaching threatens our income.


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