Kenyan police corporal arrested with 600kg of rhino horn

MARCH 10, 2015

Police in Kenya say they arrested one of their own – a corporal, after he was found with 600 kgs of rhino horns, local media reported on Tuesday.

The police officer, attached to Nairobi’s Industrial Area Police Station, and two other suspects were arrested on Monday evening with the rhino horns at the Bounty Hotel in Nairobi by Kenya’s Wildlife Service (KWS) officers.

The three were found waiting in a vehicle at the hotel.

The officers said the corporal, identified as Henry Mokua Onsongo Onsongo, threatened to shoot them with his official firearm but was overpowered and later disarmed.

Kenya Police spokesperson, Zipporah Mboroki, has said the three would be charged in court on Tuesday.

“No single shot was fired. The rhino horns and the officer’s firearm loaded with 15 rounds of ammunition has been kept as exhibits,” she said.

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