Major Breakthrough in Sandalwood Trafficking Case in Kenya in Operation Ndovu

In 2022, the Kenya Wildlife Task Force (KWTF) took a significant step in the fight against illegal wildlife trade. Following a seizure by Kenyan Law Enforcement Authorities, a major trafficker was apprehended, and 2307 kilos of sandalwood seized in Samburu County a total of five individuals were arrested at the time.  The investigation was later adopted by the KWTF.

Upon thorough review by KWTF, evidence surfaced implicating some of the original arresting officers in the trafficking scheme. These officers were subsequently arrested in 2024.  After an extensive investigation and consultations with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP), KFS Superintendent Geophrey Obare Okeyo, Samburu County Director of Conservation James Lesuyai, KWS Warden Amstrong Kamoni Ngeiywa and John Mururi Kanyi were all charged under the Wildlife Crime Management Act in Kahawa Magistrates Court for trafficking 2307 kilos of sandalwood. All defendants have pleaded not guilty.

This case underscores the critical work of KWTF and our partners in ensuring justice and protecting Kenya’s natural heritage. Stay tuned for updates on this pivotal case.

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