Five suspects charged with illegal trade of endangered wildlife species

Five people on Wednesday were arraigned in a Nairobi court and charged with the offence of dealing with 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 on a tip-off from a public member, intercepted a lorry ferrying the extremely imperilled species along the busy Nairobi-Nakuru highway.

Following a thorough search, ten carefully fastened 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 Busia border via Nairobi, with Odongo, Mwangangi and Maina being the middle men,” said the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

Joseph Nguro, 32, the man who was behind the wheel of the Isuzu track ferrying the consignment, together with the three accomplices were immediately placed in custody.

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.

Nasieku, with her four accomplices, pleaded not guilty. They were released on a temporary bond of Ksh 2 million ($20000) and a cash bail of a similar amount.

The case will be mentioned on May 23rd, 2022.

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