June 9, 2016

Nigerian king arrested after entering Kenya wearing banned wristbangle

Nigerian king arrested after entering Kenya wearing banned wristbangle

Kenyan media is reporting that a Nigerian traditional ruler is in police custody after entering the country with a banned substance on his hand – a wristbangle made of Ivory.

One report read:

Chief Joseph Chukwulobelu was recently arrested and detained by Kenyan authorities at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, for wearing a bangle made of ivory, which symbolized his status as a chief in Nigeria, but against Kenyan laws.

He had traveled to Kenya dressed in his Nigerian attire as a chief. This revelation was made by the DG of National Orientation Agency (NOA), Garba Abari, who said Kenyan laws prohibit access to ivories and has zero tolerance to wild life poaching. Abari warned Nigerians to be careful of what they wear when traveling to another country.

He also decried the continuous detention and possible 5-year jail term of Chief Chukwulobelu if convicted under the Kenyan law. He said the Nigerian Mission is working assiduously to secure his release.

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