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A Kenyan Wildlife Ranger Arrested Over Poaching

Nairobi, (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.

We 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 northern frontier.

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.

Our 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.

We 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 holidays.

According to Gichure, the anti poaching paramilitary squad will intensify patrols during Christmas and New Year festivities to deter this criminal activity.

Let me warn poachers that our security agents will be vigilant throughout the festive season,” Gichure intoned.

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