Dangerous weapons confiscated during police patrols

01 Feb 2015 11:24am

OTJIWARONGO, 01 FEB (NAMPA) – Members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) on Friday night and Saturday morning confiscated a variety of dangerous weapons during their patrols around Otjiwarongo.
The Otjozondjupa Regional Police Head of Operations, Deputy Commissioner Moses Khairabeb led a team of 25 armed police officers who conducted mobile patrols here on Friday and Saturday nights.
These police patrols started at 10h00 Friday night, to 04h00 on Saturday morning, said Khairabeb.
“Our mission was successful. We patrolled Otjiwarongo on Friday and Saturday and we confiscated nearly 20 knives, pangas, screwdrivers and pipes of hubbly-bubbly from the general public who were walking in the streets here at night,” said Khairabeb.
He said several liquor outlets in Orwetoveni and other informal settlements were also forced to close down their business operations as per their issued valid liquor licences.
People and vehicles that were found moving the streets from one point to another at night were also stopped and searched for any dangerous weapons, drugs and other prohibited items.
Khairabeb expressed concerns in the manner some of the general public members are consuming alcohol here.
Khairabeb said at a bar in DRC informal settlement on Friday night, a 24-year-old man who was under the influence of alcohol was allegedly cut-open in the stomach with a knife by unknown assailant.
The intestines of this Rukavango speaking man were totally visible as the wound was wide open, said Khairabeb. The man however survived the attack.
According to Khairabeb, this incident occurred between 10h00 and 11h00 on Friday night.
No suspect has been arrested in connection with the matter, as the victim cannot remember who assaulted him, and why he was attacked.
He was still admitted to the Otjiwarongo State Hospital on Saturday.
Meanwhile,Khairabeb said about 23 cases of murder by stabbing with knives and/or broken bottles were recorded to the Otjiwarongo police station from 01 December 2014, to 30 January 2015.
He said 36 cases of house break-ins during the same period were also recorded around Otjiwarongo.
“More than 10 robbery cases were reported during December 2014 and January this year, whereby majority of them occurred in Orwetoveni residential area,” said Khairabeb.
Khairabeb said the police will continue to conduct unexpected foot and mobile patrols around the major towns of the region to 'cleanup' criminal activities.
The top police officer here said many incidents of grievous bodily harm (GBH) are being reported to different police stations around the region each month-end, therefore the police will also intensify their patrols to overturn the situation and arrest suspects.