NRCN On A Major Crack Down On Ivory Dealers As 3 Arrested In Nebbi.

By on May 17, 2017

Police in Nebbi District are holding three men who were arrested with 18.4 kilograms of pure elephant Ivory.

Okello Tom 38 years old, a farmer from Oryang Village, Orwojnungu Collin 26 years, a farmer from Omayokome Village and Owachgiu Brian David 24 years old a student, all Ugandan citizens were arrested by the Police flying squad with help from the Natural Resource Conservation Network (NRCN).

These were arrested during a transaction at a hotel in Nebbi town. The suspects came along with 18.4 kilograms of Ivory to the would-be buyers. Upon reaching an agreement, the buyer was to pay 7,360,000 Uganda shillings.

The suspects are currently being interrogated from Nebbi Central Police Station and a case file has been opened.

According to the Legal officer Natural Resource Conservation Network Ninsiima Maureen, they will be charged with;

Unlawful possession of Elephant tasks. Contrary to Sections 30 and 75 (b) of the Uganda Wildlife Act CAP 200, which provides for the offence of unlawful possession of protected species and the punishment is not more than 5 years imprisonment and in any case the fine must be not less than the value of the wildlife product involved.

Ivory remains a major source of funding for rebels and terrorists all over Africa, from Somalia to the central and West African countries.

According to the OC Station and Operations Nebbi Central police Station Mwebesa Bosco, most of the ivory and wildlife trophies being traded in Nebbi, are brought in from Congo.

Some 30,000 African elephants are illegally killed each year for their ivory tusks, mainly to satisfy demand in the Asian market for products coveted as a traditional medicine or as status symbols.

Uganda is a key transit country for the illegal trade, especially from Congo's huge forests.

The trade is estimated to be worth $600 million annually.

By Ronnie Layoo .Nebbi.

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