12 Nov 2015 19:00pm
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RUNDU, 12 NOV (NAMPA) Three men were Tuesday arrested at Kangongo in the Mukwe District after they were found in possession of controlled game products.
A fourth man was arrested on Wednesday after he was found in possession of two elephant tusks.
Deputy Commissioner Vilho Kalwenya of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) revealed this at a media briefing here on Thursday.
He said two of the suspects are Zambian nationals and one, Namibian.
The trio was found with four elephant tusks, three crocodile skins, one leopard skin and the skin of a honey badger.
Rundu police the following day arrested another Namibian man with two elephant tusks at around 23h00 at the Sikanduko informal settlement in Rundu.
Kalwenya said a vehicle that looked suspicious was followed by police officers who were patrolling the area.
The occupants of the vehicle tried to escape the situation when they noticed that the police was following them. The police managed to apprehend only one suspect in the process.
In both incidents, the police had received tip-offs from members of the public.
Kalwenya said they are still investigating where the poaching of these animals could have taken place but said the animals were most likely killed in the Bwabwata National Park.
The value of the confiscated elephant tusks and other controlled game products have not yet been established.
The Deputy Commissioner said more information regarding both cases will be made available once police investigations are completed.
Such incidences indicate that illegal poaching of our endangered species still continues unabated. The police in this region would like to assure the public that we will continue working hard to curb the crime, but will be most successful if communities continue to assist in reporting illegal activities to police, Kalwenya said.
These arrests bring to five the number of suspects who are being investigated by police since last month in the Kavango East Region in connection with poaching.
Early last month an Angolan man was arrested in possession of two elephant tusks at Mashare constituency in Kavango East.