Eight Somalis arrested at Noordoewer

10 Jun 2013 11:10
KEETMANSHOOP, 10 JUN (NAMPA) - Eight Somali men were arrested by the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) at Noordoewer in the Karas Region on Saturday for allegedly entering the country illegally.
They are between 23 and 77 years old, and were arrested at the Wimpy Petrol Station in that settlement situated along the Orange River.
NamPol?s Crime Investigations? Coordinator in Karas, Deputy Commissioner Rudolf Isaak told Nampa on Monday the illegal immigrants fled South Africa where they stayed as asylum seekers.
They crossed the Orange River to gain entry into Namibia.
?The police were patrolling and came across these suspicious-looking people with luggage, and after requesting to see their passports, which they failed to provide, they were arrested,? Isaak said.
The police could not say what caused the men to flee South Africa into Namibia, but suspect xenophobia.
They are now kept in police holding cells at Noordoewer, awaiting their first appearance before the District Court at Karasburg on Tuesday.
In December last year, two Somali men - Abdullahi Mohamed Abdi, 23, and 25-year-old Hassan Ahmed Mohamed - were arrested in Keetmanshoop and later deported back to South Africa.
Mohamed and Abdi were also asylum seekers who attempted to pass a roadblock near Keetmanshoop in the boot of a Volkswagen Citi Golf sedan vehicle.