Police in Nyandarua County have arrested two people with elephant tusks with an estimated value of five million shillings.
The two were arrested at Wiyumiririe area with five tusks all weighing 30.5 kilograms. According to Nyahururu Kenya Wildlife Service, Senior Warden Jacob Orahale, this followed a tip off from members of the public that the two were behind various cases of poaching in Aberdare forests and Laikipia.
Orahale said the two are being held at the Nyahururu police station where they are helping the police with investigations and would be taken to court immediately after the investigations.
The warden regretted that elephants have been killed in Nyandarua and Laikipia counties in the recent past by poachers.
He warned that action would be taken against those found to be behind the vice saying that enough officers had been deployed to the various forests where the animals habit.
Nyandarua police county commander Philip Opiyo called on the public to be vigilant and report any case of poaching.
Meanwhile, Environment cabinet secretary Judy Wakhungu says elephant poaching has reduced by 80% in the last 5 years across major conservancies in the country.
SC Wakhungu while releasing 2013-2017 report of the elephant, buffaloes and giraffe count in 5 key ecosystems attributed the achievement to concerted efforts by officers from the Kenya wildlife service and other partners in a cause that has seen the elephant population increase marginally by at least 2% over the 5 year period.