May 16, 2022

Five people arrested harvesting and transporting endegered wood

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Five people have today been arraigned in a Nairobi court and charged with the offence of dealing in endangered wildlife species.

Joseph Nguro Kabiro, Stephen Odongo, Mutua Mwangangi, Morris Maina and Agnes Nene Nasieku took plea after being nabbed by detectives while transporting the rare species contrary to the wildlife conservation and management act.

“On the 21st day of March, Sleuths from the Serious Crime Unit, acting on intelligence obtained from the #FichuakwaDCI hotline, intercepted a lorry ferrying the extremely imperilled species at the devil’s hour along the busy Nairobi-Nakuru highway,” the police said.

Following a thorough search, ten sacks disguised as parcels containing 534Kgs of East African wood were recovered.

Upon investigations, it was established that the consignment had initially been sent from Kitui and was destined for the Busia border via Nairobi, with Odongo, Mwangangi and Maina being the middlemen.

The driver Joseph Nguro and the three accomplices were arrested.

“The detectives applied cybercrime techniques and link analysis at the DCI National Forensic Laboratory and successfully apprehended Agnes Nasieku, the would-be recipient of the wood and the mastermind behind the illegal trade,” the police said.

Nasieku, with her four accomplices pleaded not guilty and were given a temporary bond of 2 million shillings and a cash bail of a similar amount. The case will be mentioned on May 23rd, 2022.

 

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