Kenyan fugitive wanted by US government for ivory offences arrested in Mombasa

Ivory. [Photo Citizen TV]

Abubakar Mansur Mohamed, a Kenyan national wanted by the US government for ivory related crimes and peddling of narcotics been arrested.

He was arrested on Wednesday shortly after alighting a chartered flight to Mombasa from Yemen where he has was stranded together with several other Kenyans.

“Today morning at 01.00 hrs…holder of Passport number A2283881 and Kenyan ID card no.0069184 who had been flagged as wanted in the US for ivory related offences was arrested at the arrival terminals at Moi International Airport…He was subsequently handed over to Interpol Nairobi for further action,” a report on his arrest read.

He is now in police custody for processing before being extradited to the US to face charges for his offences.

The suspect, 60, is among another fugitive – Abdi Hussein – being sought for conspiring to sell ivory and rhino horns valued at Ksh74 million.

Hussein is also being sought over his involvement in peddling narcotics, a racket he executed together with Mansur.

Mansour killed 35 rhinos and 200 elephants through poaching between 2012 and 2019 across Africa.

Under international treaties, elephants and rhinos are protected animals.

Mansur is among members of a transnational criminal outfit whose operations are in Uganda. Here, they smuggle rhino horns and ivory from neighbouring countries.

They established a client base in the US and Asia where they have been selling game trophies and narcotics.