Ugandan Arrested with 1.2 Tons of Ivory at Juba Airport

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The ivory, concealed in 25 boxes, was impounded from a Ugandan and three accomplices in south Sudan. They were arrested at the Juba International Airport, according to Khamis Adieng, the spokesperson of the South Sudan Ministry of Wildlife.

Four people have been arrested for allegedly smuggling about 1.2 tons of ivory into South Sudan.

The ivory, concealed in 25 boxes, was impounded from a Ugandan and three accomplices in south Sudan. They were arrested at the Juba International Airport, according to Khamis Adieng, the spokesperson of the South Sudan Ministry of Wildlife.

"It flew from Entebbe to Juba by Ethiopian airlines some days back," Adieng said adding that that it passed through the customs office at the Juba International Airport, and the boxes were declared as food items.

"Security… told us that yesterday it was supposed to be flown to Egypt and later elsewhere to Malaysia," Adieng added.

 

 

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Sylvia Nankya
Sylvia is an Editor and Media Trainer with Uganda Radio Network. She has been a URN staff member since 2013. Sylvia has previously worked as a reporter and news anchor with Radio One (2001-2009) and with Vision Group (2009-2011). Six of her active years in Journalism were spent covering the Parliament of Uganda.

Over the past few years, Sylvia has worked to promote the positive development of societies recovering from conflict through training journalists on choices of stories, how they report issues and use of appropriate language in covering conflict and post-conflict situations.

She is an Alumni of RNTC- Holland, Les Aspin Centre for Government at Marquette University-WI, USA and a Community Solutions Fellow.