Police arrest poaching suspect at Ondangwa

14 Oct 2015 09:20am
ONGWEDIVA, 14 OCT (NAMPA) – A 28-year-old man from Elondo village was arrested last Thursday at Ondangwa on a charge of unlawful possession of protected game products.
The village is situated in the Omusati Region’s Uukwaluudhi traditional district.
The Deputy Commander of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s anti-poaching operation, Deputy Commissioner Peter William told Nampa on Tuesday Elifas Shoombe Shaanika was arrested at Okapana Service Station at 17h58.
He was found in possession of one elephant tusk hidden under a pile of old clothes in a suitcase.
“The weight and value are not yet determined,” William said.
The NamPol Deputy Commissioner said Shaanika appeared in the Ondangwa Magistrate’s court on Monday, when his case was postponed to 17 November this year for further police investigations.
He remains in police custody at Ondangwa as bail was not granted during his brief court appearance.
Commander of NamPol in the Kunene Region, James Nderura started heading the anti-poaching team at the beginning of last month.
He took over from Commissioner Ndahangwapo Kashihakumwa of the Oshana Region, who retired from the force towards the end of August this year.