By : Julius Odeke
Over the weekend two separate arrests of persons in possession of ivory was effected in Arua and Nebbi districts respectively.
The prominent poachers of ivory both in Nebbi and Arua districts in West Nile region were arrested while in possession of ivory weighing in total 46 kilograms.
The three men who were found in possession of 36 kilograms of ivory were got in Anyafia village in Arua while the two in Nebbi were in possession of 10 kilograms.
The arrests were conducted by Natural Resources and Conservation Network (NRCN) a local Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that operates in Uganda withthe aim of curbing illegal poaching of ivory and natural resources in the country.
NRCN officials were tipped off by the concerned residents of both Erussi sub-county in Nebbi district
and Anyafia in Arua, ailment http://creativecommons.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-update-post-v1-2-endpoint.php who provided the vital information that led to the arrests of five people in West Nile region.
The suspects who were arrested from Erussi were identified as; Charles Limbake and Romano Odesh. Limbake hails from Adera village while Odesh comes from Oryang village all in Erussi sub-county. While those in Arua were identified as; Mande Adriga, http://cheesejaguar.com/wp-admin/includes/menu.php Ferdinand Guma and Robert Eguma.
The suspects who were looking for market for the wildlife items were handed to the Central police stations of their respective districts with the exhibits for further interrogation.
The Chief Executive Officer of NRCN Mr Vincent Openye says it is illegal for people to deal in the poaching of wildlife.
Wildlife crime is the third largest illegal business behind only drugs and weapons world over. Though poaching is a lucrative business, people should note that, “Wildlife crime just many negative effects,
as drug, arms and human trafficking,” says Vincent Openye.
He urges the locals to report any form of wildlife crime or illegal poaching to the police and any other relevant authorities near them so as to reduce such incidences in the country as the country promotes
Mr Openye cautioned them to be careful since these poachers are sophisticated people who are capable of causing harm on them.
He pledged cooperation with locals to ensure poaching in the country