× Digital News Videos Health & Science Opinion Education Columnists Lifestyle Cartoons Moi Cabinets Kibaki Cabinets Arts & Culture Podcasts E-Paper Tributes Lifestyle & Entertainment Nairobian Entertainment Eve Woman TV Stations KTN Home KTN News BTV KTN Farmers TV Radio Stations Radio Maisha Spice FM Vybez Radio Enterprise VAS E-Learning Digger Classified Jobs Games Crosswords Sudoku The Standard Group Corporate Contact Us Rate Card Vacancies DCX O.M Portal Corporate Email RMS
×

JKIA police seize ivory worth Sh6.4 million on transit from Mozambique to Thailand

NAIROBI
By Cyrus Ombati | March 30th 2016
Pieces of ivory

Nairobi,Kenya: Police at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport have seized a transit cargo that had ivory valued at Sh6.4 million. The cargo was from Maputo, Mozambique and destined for Bangkok, Thailand.

According to police the ivory was concealed in a luggage that had been disguised as gemstones.

Police say the 18 pieces of raw ivory was discovered at the screening centre prompting the seizure.

Airport head of DCI Joseph Ngisa said there were 22 stones in the cargo but two of them had ivory. “The rest were just stones disguised as gemstones. There were no gemstones,” said Ngisa.

No arrest has been made after the Tuesday seizure.

Authorities in Mozambique have been alerted and asked to pursue the case and get those behind the incident. “We have asked the Mozambique officials to investigate the matter and take necessary action,” said Ngisa.

Ivory trade is illegal. The seizure is the latest in a series to happen in the region.

The development comes ahead of the planned destruction of 120 tonnes of ivory at Nairobi National Park on April 30, the largest stockpile to be destroyed at a go by any country.

This will be the climax of a summit involving heads of state, conservation experts, philanthropists and corporate leader including Richard Branson, that President Uhuru Kenyatta has set for April 29-30.

The aim of the summit to take place at Mount Kenya Safari Club in Laikipia is to develop a continent-wide response to illegal-wildlife trade.

Last week, a suspect was arrested in Nairobi after being found with 39 elephant tusks valued at more than Sh11 million.

Share this story
EgyptAir hijack ends with passengers freed unharmed, suspect arrested
An EgyptAir plane flying from Alexandria to Cairo was hijacked and forced to land in Cyprus on Tuesday by a man with what authorities said was a fake suicide belt, who was arrested after giving himself up.
Restoring Nairobi’s iconic libraries
Book Bunk is turning public libraries into what they call ‘Palaces for The People' while introducing technology in every aspect.

.
RECOMMENDED NEWS

;
Feedback