By Abimbola Ogunnaike
The Tanzanian police have confirmed the arrest of three suspected poachers in connection with the killing of six elephants in the East African nation’s Ruaha National Park between January 2022 and February 2023, an official said on Saturday, 4 March, 2023.
The Assistant conservation commissioner and commanding officer for the Ruaha National Park, Godwell Ole Meing’ataki, confirmed the arrest via a phone interview with a Chinese news medium.
According to Meing’ataki, the suspected poachers were arrested on February 28 in the Iringa municipality by the Wildlife and Forest Force of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism in collaboration with the police.
The three suspects were found in possession of eight elephant tusks and six pieces of tusks. This means that they killed six elephants of different ages worth 90,000 U.S. dollars.” said Meing’ataki.
He added that the suspects were also found in possession of one dagger, and a motor vehicle in which they ferried the tusks.