Senior Officer Arrested Over Wildlife Trade.

Lf Col Ariko Robert, holding the ivory he was attempting to sell

A senior officer in the UPDF, Lt. Col. Ariko Robert, 54 , and his neighbor turned business partner,  Alcumar Hellen, 30, were apprehended while attempting to sell ivory.

Ariko was arrested from his home in Africa village, Aboiboi parish, Getom sub/ty Katakwi district. The suspect is attached to the 43rd Battalion

As recently as a month ago UWA, Ugandan police, and Natural Resource Conservation Network initiated a combined investigation to find the army officer who was allegedly selling wildlife parts.

Alcumar Hellen, 30 weighs the ivory

Hellen, Ariko’s business partner, led the undercover investigators, posing as buyers, to Ariko’s house this morning with a boda boda cyclist as a guide.

Ariko took the “customers” to a Starlet UAG 464 E vehicle parked at his home where the products they wanted to see were being kept. On discovering the ivory in the vehicle’s trunk, Ariko was taken into custody. Okello Sharon Nagenjwa, the Communications Manager for Natural Resource conservation Network confirmed the report.

The suspects are currently under custody at Soroti CPS