Two arrested for illegal possession of ivory

Police in Nkhotakota have arrested two men for illegal possession of two pairs of ivory.

In an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana), on Friday, Public Relations Officer for Nkhotakota Police Station, Williams Kaponda identified the suspects as Master Banda, 47, of Tongole village and Filmon Banda, 22, of Kawerenga village.

He said the arrest happened on January 24 around 16:00 hours at Lozi trading centre in the district after receiving a tip.

“Police officers received a tip from a well wisher that the suspects were in possession of elephant tusks which were being offered for sale. Then, officers from Criminal Investigation Department organized a search around the area. The suspects were later arrested after being found with two pairs of tusks weighing 26.5 kgs,” said Kaponda.

PRO added that the suspects have since been arrested on two counts namely; illegal possession of specimen of protected species contrary to section 86 (1) and dealing in Wildlife Government Trophies contrary to section 91 of National Parks and Wildlife Act.

Meanwhile, the suspects are being kept in police custody pending to appear before court soon.

All suspects hail from Traditional Authority Mphonde in the district.

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