A 25-year-old tailor, Sola Kadir, was, on Tuesday, arraigned before an Ilorin Magistrates’ Court over alleged stealing of his neighbour’s motorcycle.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Sani Abdullahi, told the court that on Jan. 8, the case was reported at the Area Command headquarters, Ilorin, by one Abdulrasheed Popoola, a commercial motorcyclist in Itakure area of the city.
Abdullahi said that the complainant parked his unregistered red-coloured Bajaj motorcycle, with engine number: DUZWKF13799 and Chassis number MDZA18A-19KWS6759, in front of his house, locked.
He said that the complainant checked the motorcycle before he went to sleep that night, and made sure it was properly locked.
The prosecutor noted that the complainant discovered that his motorcycle had been stolen the next day by an unknown person without breaking the entrance door or windows.
He said that the complainant raised the alarm, which made all the people in the compound to rush out, except the defendant.
Abdullahi said that the defendant was strongly suspected, as he always sleeps at home with his friends; but was not seen the morning that the complainant’s motorcycle was stolen.
He noted that during interrogation, the defendant could not give satisfactory account of himself or his movement at the period the complainant’s motorcycle got missing.
The prosecutor said that investigation revealed that the defendant deliberately conspired with his gang, opened the entrance door to the compound and stole the said motorcycle.
Abdullahi said that investigation also indicated that the defendant was a notorious criminal, a marijuana smoker and tout, adding that investigation was ongoing in the case.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against him.
The Magistrate, Mrs Aminat Shittu, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100,000, and two sureties each in like sum.
Shittu said that the sureties must reside within the jurisdiction of the court, and adjourned the case till Feb. 13 for further mention.
Edited by: Folorunso Poroye and ‘Wale Sadeeq
Kenya intensifies hunt for six poachers behind death of wildlife
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said on Sunday it had intensified a manhunt for six poachers behind killing of antelopes and buffalos for meat at Mount Elgon National Park.
Josephat Wambua, Senior Warden at Mouth Elgon National Park, said the wildlife agency is on high alert to prevent death of iconic mammals in the hands of poachers.
“We have six dangerous poachers whom we are pursuing and we are urging the community to help us apprehend them,’’ said Wambua.
He urged local communities in north-western parts of Kenya to take up conservation of wildlife, adding that benefits are huge.
In May 2018, KWS rangers shot dead three suspected poachers during an exchange of fire at Mount Elgon National Park.
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Kenya slashes wildlife parks entry fees to boost tourism recovery
“At the same time KWS has given a one-year moratorium to lodge owners in its parks and reserves for rent payment starting July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021,” said KWS in a statement issued in Nairobi.
Najib Balala, Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife made the announcement on the reduction of park entry fees to ease financial burden on local and foreign visitors affected by COVID-19 pandemic.
Balala urged owners of lodges inside wildlife sanctuaries to leverage on savings from the rent moratorium to improve on visitors’ experience and grow their businesses.
“He also called on Kenyans to take advantage of the affordable park entry fees to sample the beauty of Kenya’s flora and fauna,” said KWS.
He also announced a 50 percent discount on filming fees for both local and international producers filming in parks and reserves and challenged them to market Kenya as an ideal tourist destination.
Local and foreign tourists who visit premium wildlife sanctuaries like Nairobi, Amboseli, Lake Nakuru, Tsavo East and West National Parks, will benefit from a 47 percent reduction on entry fees in line with the new changes.
Balala urged investors in the KWS managed parks and reserves to refurbish their facilities and adhere to the Ministry of Health protocols aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus.
Kenya’s tourism sector is reeling from an unprecedented downturn as hotel bookings and visits to world-famous destinations like wildlife parks and beaches hit an all-time low due to COVID-19.
The Cabinet Secretary for Tourism said on June 29 that the sector has incurred losses amounting to 85 billion shillings (about 800 million United States dollars) due to the negative impacts of the pandemic.
Kenya says a rare white giraffe spotted in a conservancy
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) on Tuesday reported the sighting of a rare white giraffe in a privately-owned conservancy in the northeastern county of Garissa that neighbors Somalia.
According to KWS, the white giraffe, whose gender had not been verified, was spotted foraging at Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy in the company of the conventional variety of the tall mammal.
“WOW is pretty much the only way to sum up a towering sight like this! Spotted earlier today outside the Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy in Ijara, Isn’t this an impressive way to end this month,” KWS said in a tweet.
Kenya was on the global spotlight in 2017 when a female white giraffe and her calf were discovered at the conservancy in Garissa County.
However, it was alleged that the two white giraffes were killed by suspected poachers four months earlier when their carcasses were discovered at the conservancy in northern Kenya.
KWS said it was investigating the deaths of the two iconic giraffe breeds amid furor from local and international conservationists.
“Our teams on the ground have seen bones believed to be those of the two giraffes. The bones are believed to be four months old,” KWS said in March.
The dead calf was born in August 2019, bringing the total of white giraffes in the country to three.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists white giraffes as an endangered species that require special protection.
Two buffaloes kill elderly Kenyan woman, 3 others injured
Two buffaloes attacked and killed an elderly woman while three others escaped with injuries in eastern Kenya, the wildlife agency said on Friday.
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said its teams are currently in the process of driving back two buffaloes into a protected area that have strayed into human settlements in Nuu village in Mwingi sub-county.
“We are saddened to announce that the buffaloes attacked and killed an elderly woman while three other people escaped with injuries,” KWS said in a statement issued in Nairobi.
The wildlife agency said both ground and aerial KWS teams are in the village in frantic efforts to drive the buffaloes to a protected area.
KWS said its Problem Animal Management Unit (PAMU) and security personnel from Mwingi and Kitui stations are working hard to drive the animals to either Mwingi national reserve or South Kitui national reserve.
The buffaloes are suspected to have moved from the South Mwingi national reserve.