Thursday April 10 2014

Nurse arrested in illegal ivory deal

By James Owich & Julius Ocungi


A 38-year-old nurse in Nwoya District has been arrested for trading in illicit ivory.
The suspect, attached to Gulu Regional Referral Hospital, was arrested in Alero Sub-county on Tuesday after he reportedly failed to strike a deal with the buyers.

The nurse alleges that he was with some poachers and unidentified dealers believed to have come from Kampala to buy the ivory.
But his luck ran out after the buyers turned against him, after the poacher refused to disclose the amount each ivory would cost.

The Aswa Regional police spokesperson, Mr Jimmy Patrick Okema, said the accused is being held at Nwoya Central Police Station while the Force is hunting for other suspects.

“We cannot disclose those on the run for fear of jeopardising the ongoing investigations,” Mr Okema said.
There has been an increase of poaching activities in Nwoya over the past years.

Last year, Uganda Wildlife Authority arrested 20 suspected poachers in the district.