KRA officials seize ivory worth millions at Mombasa port

Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) officials have seized ivory worth millions of shillings at the Port of Mombasa.

The elephant tusks were on Thursday discovered concealed in timber logs.

The officials said that tusks were ferried in two forty-feet containers destined for Cambondia.

Confirming the incident, KRA Coast region commissioner David Yego said the pieces of ivory were stuffed in carved out pieces of timber which were then sealed to appear like solid planks to keep off suspicion.

“Detectives broke the small wooden boxes stucked in the two containers are realized that pieces of ivory were hidden inside the boxes. That is when they suspected an illegal export,” said Mr Yego.

He said officers are still inspecting the containers to determine the exact number of tusks and their worth.

On his part, Coast Regional Police Commandant Akello Odhiambo said that they will inform the public about the exact figure and other relevant details concerning the illegal consignment once investigations are completed.

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