By Nikko Tanui
Kericho, Kenya: Kenya Wildlife Service ( KWS) officers have recovered two elephant tusks worth Sh1 million and arrested a suspect in Kericho town.
Kericho County Commissioner William Ole Kakimoni said the officers who were acting on a tip-off from members of the public managed to arrest the suspect within Kericho town while he was transporting the tusks concealed in a sack.
“Members of the public tipped-off Kenya Wildlife Service officers who trailed the suspect who was riding a boda boda before arresting him within Kericho town,” said Kakimoni.
He said they suspect the tusks had been recently extracted from a young elephant and added that KWS will conduct further investigations to establish its origin.
“We are going to further interrogate the suspect in custody for more information and also conduct independent investigations to establish the origin of the tusks,” said Kakimoni.
The County Commissioner added that they suspect the elephant tusks were from elsewhere and were being transported through the county.
Kakimoni, warned criminal elements that police officers manning roadblocks in the area were on high alert and would not allow local roads to be used as a conduit for illegal goods and other items.
He said the suspect would be arraigned in court on Monday to face charges of being found in possession of the elephant tusks.