25 Jul 2016 10:40am
OMEGA, 24 JUL (NAMPA) - The Inspector-General of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), Sebastian Ndeitunga says anyone found hunting wild animals illegally in Namibia will be culled the same way seals are.
Lieutenant-General Ndeitunga issued the stern warning during the official inauguration of the N.dollars 61 million Omega Police Station in the Kavango East Region on Friday.
Last year, 24 rhinos were killed by poachers in Namibia, while 60 have been killed so far this year. The majority of the animals were killed in the Etosha National Park.
Sending a strong message to criminals involved in poaching, Ndeitunga said the Namibian Police Force is going to start culling those found poaching wild animals the same way seals are culled.
We are going to cull you. Really, we have had enough. Enough is enough, the Inspector-General said.
He said the police force will make sure that wild animals are very well protected, adding that many countries such as Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Botswana and Angola battle poaching problems.
I had the opportunity to communicate with our counterparts in Singapore and I asked them to be vigilant as the body parts of endangered animals, especially from southern Africa, are illegally sold for huge sums of money in those countries, he said.
Ndeitunga said he also asked for help in detaining members of the organised crime syndicates involved in the illegal trading of wildlife.
The Inspector- General also called on members of the public to come forward with information on poaching or other criminal activities, adding that people are aware of neighbours engaged in such activities but do not report the crimes.
The inauguration of the Omega Police Station was attended by Safety and Security Minister Charles Namoloh, Governor of the Kavango East Region Dr Samuel Mbambo, as well as traditional leaders.