WILDLIFE TRAFFICKING CRIMES

Fugitive Jefwa brothers linked to notorious Liberian poacher

They are wanted for their role in smuggling of 511 pieces of ivory tusks in 2015.

In Summary
  • The brothers were recently linked to a notorious Liberian Ivory poacher, Moazu Kromah, charged with running an international criminal enterprise in the US.
  • The Jefwa brothers have been on the run since 2015 when other suspects linked to the consignment were arrested and charged in court.

Two brothers linked to a Sh570 million consignment of wildlife trophies nabbed in 2015 are still on the run five years down the line.

Nicholas and his younger brother Samuel Jefwa are accused of conspiring with other suspects to traffic in 511 pieces of ivory. The ivory pieces were later nabbed in Thailand in 2015.

The Jefwa brothers have been on the run since 2015 when other suspects linked to the consignment were arrested and charged in court.

Interpol had also issued a Red Notice on the brothers and listed them as wanted persons for illicit dealing in wildlife trophies and organised criminal activities.

The brothers were said to have been officials of Potential Quality Services, the company that allegedly exported the containers with the elephant tusks.

Two containers destined for Thailand and Singapore were concealed with blended tea and it is alleged that the Jefwa brothers signed for the exportation.

However, authorities were only able to recover the container destined for Thailand while the whereabouts of the Singapore container are only known to its unknown owner.

By 2019, the brothers were on the Interpol’s Red Notice. However, a recent spot check on Interpol’s website reveals only one brother on the list.

Samuel Bakari Jefwa, 31, is wanted for wildlife and other crimes. However, his elder brother no longer appears on the Interpol’s list of Kenyans wanted by the security agencies.

The Star could not ascertain whether Nicholas had been arrested as officials from Interpol could not be reached.

The brothers were recently linked to a notorious Liberian Ivory poacher, Moazu Kromah, who alongside three other Africans are facing criminal charges of running an international criminal enterprise in the US.

Kromah was charged at a court in Southern District of New York alongside Senegalese Amara Cherif, Kenyans Mansur Surur and Abdi Ahmed (fugitive).

All four men are charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wildlife trafficking and two counts of wildlife trafficking.

They allegedly conspired to transport, distribute, sell and smuggle approximately 190kg of rhinoceros horns and 10 tons of ivory from East African nations to buyers located in the US and Southeast of Asia.

According to court documents, Kromah, a well-known individual in the underworld of smuggling of wildlife trophies, used his connections to oversee successful exportation of a consignment to Thailand and Singapore.

It is alleged that the Jefwa brothers were signatories of the two containers.

The DPP has now filed an application before a Mombasa court seeking to introduce fresh evidence in a criminal case against a father Abdulrahman Mahmoud and his two sons Mahmoud Abulrahman and Sheikh Mahmoud who are accused of trafficking the 511 pieces of ivory.

According to affidavits filed in court, the brothers and their Kenyan counterparts are connected to the international criminal enterprise in either sourcing or financially supporting the trafficking of ivory.

The DPP said US intelligence connected the Jefwa brothers and their accomplices who allegedly supported the international criminal enterprise with planning, transportation and destination marketing of the 511 pieces of elephant tasks.