Police arrests 3 for dealing In Ivory at KK gardens in Bweyogerere .
Police in Kampala have arrested three suspects on allegations of unlawfully dealing ivory at KK Gardens in Bweyogerere, Kira municipality Wakiso district.
Ivory is one of the protected species, got after killing elephants which are protected from poachers.
The suspects are Akello Agnes Ojok, Derrick Ssejjombwe and Ssegawa Sulaiman.
They were arrested with ivory valued at ugx 30m.
Akello, Ssejjombwe and Ssegawa are currently detained at CPS Kampala.
Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson SP Onyango Patrick told Whisper eye that an NGO called the Natural Resources Conservation Network got information that there were people who are selling elephant tusks.
‘They informed intelligence and a trap was laid for them. The suspects came and they were arrested in possession of the ivory,’ says SP Onyango.
Statements of the suspects are being recorded.
They are being charged with unlawful possession of protected species contrary to Section 36 (1) and 71 (1) (b) of the Uganda Wildlife Act, 2019.
“We want to thank the Natural Resources Conservation Network for their efforts in fighting crimes related to wildlife, states SP Onyango.”
SP Onyango cautioned members of the public against dealing in illegal wildlife products.