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Sandalwood Worth Over 6 Million Confiscated In Samburu

Fives suspects are currently cooling their feet in custody after being arrested in possession of 1,500 kilograms of the endangered Sandalwood pieces.

John Muiruri Kanyi, Johakim Losikira Lobolia, Thomas Achuka, Kelly Achapan and Francis Ekal Nadiko were arrested by detectives based in Baragoi, Samburu County along Barsaloi-Masikita road in Samburu North sub -county while transporting the consignment on a truck.

The five suspected were produced before court by a specialized Anti -Wildlife Crimes Unit based in Maralal where custodial orders of three days was issued to allow detectives complete their investigations.

The government banned the harvesting and trade of sandalwood in 2007 following increased exploration where its products are used for aromatic purposes and manufacture of medicines and cosmetics among many things,Sandalwood is regarded as the most expensive wood which led to its explorations, this prompted for the ban of the slow maturing tree in many countries due to its increased demand and was red listed in International Union For Conservation of nature as a threatened species prone to extinction is sanctions weren't put in place.

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