Three men arrested with elephant tusks

28 Sep 2015 16:00pm
KATIMA MULILO, 28 SEP (NAMPA) – The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Anti-Poaching Unit on Friday arrested three men found in possession of elephant tusks in Katima Mulilo.
The two Namibian nationals and one from Botswana were apprehended with seven elephant tusks believed to have been poached at the Bwabwata, Mundumo or Nkasa Rupara national parks.
During a media briefing at the Katima Mulilo Police headquarters in the Zambezi Region on Monday, NamPol’s Deputy Inspector-General for Operations, Major-General James Tjivikua said the three men are being detained along with the vehicle used to transport the tusks.
Tjivikua said the recent arrest brings to seven the poachers who are being investigated by police since January 2015 in the Zambezi Region in this regard. He added that seven rifles suspected to have been used by the culprits to commit the crimes have been confiscated and sent for ballistic examinations.
“Since January this year, a total of seven accused persons have been detained for poaching activities and unlawful possession of 18 elephant tusks. On Friday, three suspects were arrested during our operations and rifles confiscated. Ballistic results have linked some firearms to the commission of the crimes,” said Tjivikua.
He also said the value of the confiscated elephant tusks have not yet been determined.
Tjivikua is in the Zambezi Region to debrief members who were deployed on the 11th phase of operation ‘Elephant Tusk’ and were on duty in the national parks for three months on rotational basis. He will also brief police officers under the 12th phase of the anti-poaching operation.
“I am also here to acquaint myself with prevailing situations on the ground, in terms of deployment of manpower, equipment, material supply and infrastructure made available,” he said.
He explained that the anti-poaching operation will continue working hard to curb the crimes but will be most successful if communities assist in reporting illegal activities to police.
“I would like the public at large to know that there is a reward of N.dollars 60 000 issued for any reliable information leading to the arrest of culprits in poaching activities. Kindly come forward with the much-needed information,” Tjivikua said.
(NAMPA)
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