Police intercepts Shs5bn ivory at Entebbe airport


Uganda Aviation Police has impounded 740kgs of Ivory at Entebbe Airport.

Lodovick Awita, the Commandant Aviation Police told URN that they impounded the Ivory on Saturday after it had already gone through the security checks at the airport.

The Shs 5bn consignment was registered in the names of a Ugandan national and was headed to Singapore.

Awita says the marking on the elephant tusks show that it originated outside Uganda.

He says they will subject the ivory to a forensic analysis to determine the exact country of origin.

Awita says the six wooden boxes where the ivory was found contained bangles.

He says five security officers whose identity he didn’t disclose are being held for conniving to export the ivory.

According to Awita, Uganda has become a popular transit route for Ivory due to the porous borders and lack of specialized tools to detect the Ivory at the entry points.

He says most of the Ivory from DRC in smuggled into Uganda on water while the rest is disguised as food stuff.

In the last six months, Police have seized two consignments of ivory believed to be from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In 2014, Uganda signed a declaration committing to implement 14 urgent measures to curb elephant poaching and illegal ivory trade.

Not long ago, Police, army and UWA officials were caged for their involvement in illegal rhino horns and ivory trafficking.

On May 13 last year, the customs department of Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) impounded three boxes containing 35 horns and 22 elephant tusks at Entebbe International Airport.

Early this year, another Shs 1bn ivory was impounded at Entebbe airport.

In November, Uganda Wildlife Authority was stunned when 1335 kilograms of ivory valued at Shs 3bn went missing from its own strong room in a scandal that led to the suspension of a number of officials including the Executive Director, Dr. Andrew Seguya.

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