2 men charged with trafficking elephant tusks worth Sh 2.6 million

A Nakuru court on Wednesday charged two men with trafficking elephant tusks worth Sh 2.6 million within the Town’s Central Business District.

The two Samuel Wahome and Hillary Kiplagat denied the charges before Chief Magistrate Josephat Kalo of dealing and being in possession of the 13 kg elephant tusks on November 6.

The duo sought to be released on a reasonable bond terms.

According to the charge sheet, on November 6 at Shell Filling Station within Nakuru Town the two were found in possession of four elephant tusks without a permit from the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) in contravention of the Wildlife Conservation Act.

They faced a second count of dealing the wildlife trophies without a permit together with others not before court tried to sell off the said tusks.

The tusks were found stashed in a green and white manila sacks concealed as wood.

In his ruling, the Magistrate released the two on a Sh 1 million bond each with a surety of the same amount or deposit an alternative cash bail of Sh 500,000 pending hearing of the matter.

The matter was slated for hearing on February 13.

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