Oshikoto NamPol arrest illegal fuel dealers

28 Nov 2014 10:00am
ONGWEDIVA, 28 NOV (NAMPA) - Eight people have been arrested by the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Oshikoto Region for the theft of diesel from trucks on two separate occasions over the past three months.
Deputy Commander of the NamPol in the region, Deputy Commissioner William Peter revealed this to Nampa on Thursday.
Theft charges were laid at the Omuthiya Police station with docket CR 14/09/2014, and at the Okatope Police station with docket CR 22/11/2014.
Peter said 1 000 litres of diesel was stolen from the tank of a truck in the Omuthiya area in September, and 425 litres was stolen from the tank of a truck in the Okatope area this month. The two trucks were transporting the diesel to fuel stations.
The total value of the stolen diesel stands at N.dollars 17 800.
Peter noted that the suspects include the drivers of the trucks and some members of the public.
He said more suspects who are involved in the selling and buying of the diesel are expected to be arrested.
The arrested suspects already appeared in the Ondangwa Magistrate's Court, which postponed the cases to 17 and 18 November next year for further trials.
“We are requesting the public to report any suspicious dealings or movement of unauthorised fuel to the nearest police station, traditional leaders or members of the Woman and Men Network in the area,” he said.
He also cautioned community members to refrain from purchasing stolen diesel.
“Theft of fuel is very dangerous due to the fact that safety precautionary measures may not have been taken during the stealing, handling and storing of such fuel,” Peter noted.