(Xinhua) -- A Wildlife ranger attached
to Isiolo complex in the Kenyan northern frontier was on Monday
arrested for involvement in a series of poaching activities.
The Isiolo County Game Warden,
Michael Gichure revealed that the officer had been colluding
with criminals responsible for wildlife poaching in the region.
suspected the officer for a long time and have now managed to
arrest him after obtaining credible evidence linking him to
poaching,” Gichure told the journalists.
He said that an elite
paramilitary squad tracked mobile phone conversation between the
arrested officer and poachers.
Gichure disclosed to the
journalists that intercepting phone calls helped unearth a well
established syndicate behind Rhino poaching in the Kenyan
The officer together with a
suspected poacher caught with an elephant tusk in Isiolo town on
Sunday night will be arraigned in court soon.
Gichure confirmed that the 11
suspects arrested with eight riffles and 197 rounds of
ammunition at Isiolo barrier on Sunday night were on a poaching
mission to Solio ranch in Nyeri County.
intelligence officers from a special squad leaked the
information about the suspects to the police before they were
intercepted near the barrier on their way to Nyeri to
undertake poaching,” said Gichure
He added that the suspects were
ferrying lethal arms to poach for the rhino horns whose demand
has spiked recently.
The security agents managed to
recover an assortment of arms that included five AK 47 riffles,
two G3, M16 riffle and197 ammunitions.
received information that the suspects were planning to ferry
the arms to Nyeri in order to commit heinous crimes over
festive season,” said Gichure.
He assured the public that
wildlife rangers were pursuing suspects who were still at large
and could be plotting to commit wildlife crimes during the
According to Gichure, the anti
poaching paramilitary squad will intensify patrols during
Christmas and New Year festivities to deter this criminal
me warn poachers that our security agents will be vigilant
throughout the festive season,” Gichure intoned.