25 June 2012

Kenya: Police Hunt for Suspect Over JKIA Ivory

Police are looking for a man over a consignment of ivory that was seized at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi last Friday. According to head of CID at the airport, Joseph Ngisa, the man delivered tusks, packed in six wooden boxes, to the Kenya Airways export warehouse on Thursday and declared it assorted vehicle spare parts. An Ethiopian Airline was scheduled to transport the illegal consignment to Lagos, Nigeria.

A statement from the Kenya Wildlife Service said sniffer dogs detected the tusks during normal checks. Ngisa said the boxes were ran through screening machines before being opened. "We are looking for the man who booked in the cargo. As of now he is a suspect . We are also taking note he could have given a false identity when he booked in the cargo," he said. Police also said that the tusks could have been smuggled from Uganda, Tanzania or Zambia. A total of 345 pieces of tusks, that weighed 745 kilogrammes, were found in the boxes.

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