A multi-agency security committee in Nakuru has launched a man hunt for suspected poachers who killed a black Rhino and made away with its horn at Lake Nakuru National Park last evening.
The Nakuru County Commissioner (CC), Joshua Nkanatha said wardens discovered the carcass of the Rhino 20 minutes after they heard gunshots at the Southern area of the lake largely inhabited by rhinos.
The CC told the press at the lake on Tuesday afternoon that no arrests have been made in the 6 pm incident, saying this is the first incident to be reported this year,adding that the security committee in the area will scale up police patrols around the wildlife facility in a bid to ward off poachers and a recurrence of a similar incident in future.
He said the joint security committee comprising of the Kenya Wildlife service rangers, Kenya police and the National Intelligence service is already pursuing leads he says are crucial to the identification of suspects and possible recovery of the horn that is known to be marketable locally and globally.
We have crucial information that we are following that might lead us to the arrest of the poachers and their possible prosecution, Nkanatha said.
The Kenya Wildlife Service, Assistant Director Central Rift Conservation Area, Aggrey Maumo said the Park and the Rhinos are under constant 24 hour surveillance and rangers will intensify patrols in the national park in an effort to arrest people entering the facility illegally.
Source: Kenya News Agency