Leading ivory trade investigator murdered in Nairobi

The late Esmond Bradley Martin PHOTO COURTESY

Nairobi,KENYA:Top ivory trade investigator Esmond Bradley Martin was on Sunday evening found dead at his house in Karen Nairobi.

According to police officers, the 75 year old who once worked as a United Nations envoy for Rhino conservation had been found with a stab wound on his neck.

Conservasists have hailed the deceased as a global champion in ivory and horn trafficking.

“Shocking & sad news: Esmond Bradley Martin, investigator into the illegal trade in elephant ivory & rhino horn, found murdered in his home in Nairobi. Our thoughts are with his wife Chryssee’’ conservatist organization save the Rhino tweeted.

The CEO of wildlife direct Dr Paula Kahumbu said Esmond was at the forefront of exposing global ivory trade.

“Esmond was at the forefront of exposing the scale of ivory markets in USA, Congo, Nigeria, Angola, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Laos and recently Myanmar. He always collaborated with Save the Elephants and worked with many of us generously sharing his findings & views. Esmond was a global authority on ivory and rhino horn trafficking. We send our deepest condolences to his wife. RIP Esmond, pachyderms have lost a great champion.’ Dr Kahumbu said.

Police in Nairobi say they have launched investigations into the incident.