Police arrest poaching suspects in Ompundja Constituency
07 Oct 2015 18:30pm
OSHIKOLONGONDJO, 07 OCT (NAMPA) The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)s anti-poaching team arrested four suspects, including a school principal, on a charge of illegal hunting near the Etosha National Park in the Oshana Region on Tuesday evening.
Deputy Commander of the anti-poaching team, Deputy Commissioner Peter William told journalists on Wednesday the suspects were apprehended after members of the community alerted the Police about shots fired near the park.
The Police confiscated the carcasses of protected game, two birds and the firearms that are suspected to have been used by the poachers to kill the animals.
The animals include three duikers, one steenbok, four springbok, one rabbit and two red-crested korhaan.
William said more than 20 suspects have been arrested for illegal hunting or poaching in the constituencies bordering the park since his team started its anti-poaching operation on 01 September this year.
Regional commander of NamPol in the Kunene Region, James Nderura is heading the anti-poaching team as from September this year until the end of November this year.
Nderura succeeded retired Commissioner Ndahangwapo Kashihakumwa, who had been in charge of the anti-poaching operation in the park from June to August this year.
Kashihakumwas operation is said to have arrested 40 poaching suspects.