INTERPOL Targets East Africa’s Wildlife Criminals
Barely days after the International police established an o ice in Nairobi to tackle wildlife crimes in Eastern Africa, it has issued warrant of arrest against a 46-year-old fugitive Mombasa tycoon, Feisal Ali Mohammed, over ivory tra icking. PAUL UDOTO reports
Anti-poaching efforts in Eastern Africa have received a significant boost after the International Police (INTERPOL) established a dedicated team to tackle wildlife crimes.
The initiative by the world’s largest international police organisation is expected to strengthen its member countries in the fight against illegal ivory trafficking and other environmental crimes.
The special team is located within the INTERPOL Regional Bureau for East Africa in Nairobi and it will be act as an extension of force’s Environmental Security Unit located at its General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France.
The office is aimed at enhancing both national and global efforts towards the protection of wildlife. The office will work on a number of environmental issues with a particular focus on addressing the illegal trafficking of ivory and rhinoceros horn.
Barely days after the establishment of the office, INTERPOL issued a red notice alert, equivalent to an international warrant of arrest on a Kenyan, Feisal Ali Mo- hammed, a 46-year-old Mombasa businessman suspected of ivory trafficking.
Mohammed has been a fugitive since early June when an arrest warrant was issued against him by Kenya police. The warrant was issued in connection with the seizure of 228 tusks and 74 ivory pieces at a motor vehicle warehouse in Mombasa on June 5.
The tusks and ivory pieces weighed more than two tonnes, the largest seized in Kenya this year. After the seizure, to men were arrested, but Feisal Ali Mohammed, who is believed to be