US Government Issues Ksh116M Price for Information about Two Dangerous Suspects

A price of upto USD 1 million equivalent to around Ksh116 million is being offered by the U.S government to anyone who will provide information that may lead to the arrest of two dangerous suspects, Abdi Hussein Ahmed and Badru Abdulaziz Saleh wanted for trading in ivory and narcotics.

This was announced in a joint briefing by the United States Charge’ d’ Affaires Eric W. Kneedler and the Director DCI George Kinoti, on Thursday, May 26, 2022, at the DCI headquarters.

The two suspects are believed to had conspired with one Mandir Mohamed Suhur on several occasions between December 2012 and May 2019 to transport, distribute and smuggle 190 kilograms of rhinoceros horns and 10 tonnes of elephant ivory from different countries in Africa, including Kenya, to the United States.

The trio were also allegedly involved in transportation and distribution of 1 Kilogram of Heroin from Kenya to the United States.

On June 14, 2019, the three were indicted by US Southern District Court of New York.

This was shortly followed by a Red Notice issued by INTERPOL in respect of Suhur Mansur Mohamed and Ahmed Abdi Hussein.

One of the suspects, Badru Abdulaziz Saleh, was nabbed in Kenya by our DCI detectives on June 11, 2019 at the Busia border,” said a police statement.

He was then transported to Nairobi and later arraigned before Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Law Court.

Badru was on July 12, 2019 granted bail of Ksh200,000 and compelled to report every fortnight to the detectives.

He did so until December 2019 when he was last seen.

Prior to Badru’s arrest in June 2019, DCI says, the trio had narrowly escaped a coordinated undercover operation carried jointly by US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and DCI Anti-Narcotics Sensitive Investigation Unit in December 2018 aimed at arresting them.

In this regard, we seek to collaborate with members of the public to bring the suspects to justice. Should you have the information required for their arrest, kindly contact us through our toll free number 0800722203 or the US Embassy Nairobi through +18443978477,” read part of the statement.

Speaking during the briefing, Kinoti also acknowledge the longstanding partnership that the DCI has had with the United States law enforcement agencies saying, “it is through such collaborations that Intelligence and Information sharing had led to our institutions’ strengthened partnership to effectively disrupt the criminal networks.

DCI boss George Kinoti

Prior to the briefing, the director led Kneedler to the DCI National Forensic Laboratory where they viewed recently recovered and highly endangered Sandal woods plants.

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