Four Administration Police officers belonging to the ‘Security of Government Buildings’ Unit based at Uhuru Camp in Nairobi were arrested trying to sell five kilogrammes of ivory, valued at about Sh1 million, in Nairobi.
According to the Kenya Wildlife Service, constable Peter Kuria was attached to a former cabinet minister’s security detail and constable Martin Marangu attached to a Principal Secretary.
The others are corporal Francis Karanja, a Cabinet Secretary’s driver, and corporal Stephen Chege attached to a PS’s administration.
The 4 were charged at a Kibera court with illegal possession of ivory, said Paul Udoto, Kenya Wildlife Service Communications manager.
Udoto noted: “KWS continues to work with the National Police Service and other security agencies in dealing firmly and without prejudice with cases of government officials involved in illegal activities.”
Nairobi police commander Japheth Koome said the suspects’ arrest followed a tip-off by members of the public of the transportation of elephant tusks.
“Nobody is above the law, even police officers can be arrested if they commit an offence,” he said.