Alleged illegal hunters evade police in Naukluft Park

21 Jul 2016 15:10pm
SWAKOPMUND, 21 JUL (NAMPA) - Three suspects who allegedly killed three Oryx in the Namib Naukluft National Park managed to evade a police car chase on Wednesday evening.
The chase took place at around 22h00 and about six kilometres south of Swakopmund when the police encountered the suspects’ vehicle after acting on a tip-off.
Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Crime Investigations’ Coordinator for the Erongo Region, Deputy Commissioner Ottilie Kashuupulwa on Thursday said the suspects abandoned their car during the chase and disappeared on foot.
In the vehicle, a green Nissan double cab registered in Walvis Bay, the police found three skinned Oryx carcasses worth approximately N.dollars 11 100.
“We first set up a roadblock and when they came across it they did not stop, so we went after them. When they realised we are about to get them, they abandoned the vehicle with the engine running.”
She said it is suspected that the animals were shot with silenced rifles.
Kashuupulwa noted that the police will continue to hunt the suspects down and arrest them.
“We will find out who is the owner of the car, if he or she is not involved in the illegal hunting then they tell us who was using the vehicle.”
Kashuupulwa said the meat will first be tested if it is fit for human consumption, before a decision is made to donate it to an orphanage or old age home.
Meanwhile, Kashuupulwa warned the public of people posing as police officers over social media to blackmail them out of money and property.
She said the conmen are using the picture of NamPol Erongo Regional Commander, Commissioner Andreas Nelumbu to instruct victims to pay them a fee and avoid being arrested.
“They say it is picture of Inspector Nehempo, but they actually use Nelumbu’s picture. They send the picture and message to victims through WhatsApp.”
Kashuupulwa cautioned the public not to trust such crooks.
“If we need you, we do not ask you to pay or call you. We come to where you are and arrest you, so do not get robbed,” she warned.