FOUR MOZAMBICAN POLICE OFFICERS ARRESTED FOR THEFT OF IVORY

MAPUTO, Four police officers in Mandlakazi district, in the southern Mozambican province of Gaza, have been detained on suspicion of involvement in the theft of ivory, according to media reports.

The men arrested are the district police commander, the district director of the criminal investigation service, and two other officers. All are being held over the disappearance of two elephant tusks.

The elephant died last week in the Mandlakazi administrative post of Macuacua. Staff from the Gaza provincial directorate of Land, Environment and Rural Development went to investigate the case.

They cut off the elephant’s two tusks to prevent them from being taken by poachers. When they returned to Mandlakazi, the two tusks were placed under the protection of the district police command. However, the following morning, they found the two tusks had vanished.

Investigations led to the arrest of the district police commander, the district head of criminal investigations, and two other officers. None of them were named in the report.

A source in the Mandlakazi district government confirmed the arrests.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK