Kampala Metropolitan Police has Friday arrested three people for illegal possession of protected wildlife species.
It is said that the suspects have been arrested while unlawfully dealing in ivory valued at 30 million shillings. The arrested have been identified as Agnes Akello Ojok, Derrick Ssejjombwe, and Sulaiman Ssegawa.
Patrick Onyango, the Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesman said that the suspects were arrested from KK gardens in Bweyogerere, Kira Municipality, Wakiso district after a tip-off.
“An NGO called the Natural Resources Conservation Network got information that there were people who were selling elephant tusks. They informed intelligence and a trap was laid for them,” he said
The suspects came and they were arrested in possession of the ivory.
They are currently detained at Central Police station in Kampala and statements have been recorded from them.
Onyango revealed that 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. We want to caution members of the public against dealing in illegal wildlife products,” he said