Police seize uniforms in raid near Ongwediva

27 May 2013 13:30
ADOLF, 27 MAY (NAMPA) ? Members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) on Monday raided the business of Fillemon ?Fari Boy? Hashilelo, and discovered 40 pairs of NamPol uniforms, a magazine of a R5 automatic rifle with 30 rounds of ammunitions and handcuffs.
Commander of NamPol in the Oshana Region, Commissioner Ndahangwapo Kashihakumwa told journalists on Monday the NamPol uniforms were found in one of the bedrooms at Hashilelo?s place of business.
The business place, which is known as ?Fari Boy Village?, is situated on the outskirts of the Adolf informal settlement, some 10km from Ongwediva on the way to Ondangwa.
It consists of accommodation facilities, salon, bar and restaurant, as well as a car wash.
Kashihakumwa said the raid is part of the Oshana NamPol?s operations following the abduction of a Chinese businessperson from Oshikango in the Ohangwena Region by armed men, who are said to be hiding in Ondangwa, Ongwediva or Oshakati since last week.
The NamPol operation was also searching for suspects in an armed robbery committed at Ondangwa some two weekends ago.
Hashilelo and one of the suspects were arrested during the raid on Monday, while a third suspect was arrested at Ondangwa on the same day.
It is believed the suspects used the NamPol uniforms to commit robberies.
?We believe this is the place where uniforms were supplied from, but rooting them (criminals) out is what we are going to do,? Kashihakumwa told journalists.
He added that criminals can commit crime, but they should know that the Oshana NamPol will arrest them and bring them to book.
A crowd of community members from in and around the Adolf settlement gathered in front of the Fari Boy business building to witness the arrests.
Two NamPol officers stationed at Ondangwa are also implicated in these crimes, and were due to be arrested on Monday evening once their involvement was confirmed.
Kashihakumwa said one of the suspects was admitted to the Oshakati Hospital after his colleagues beat him up over the weekend for allegedly revealing their operations to the police.
Hashilelo and others are linked to the abduction of the Chinese businessperson from Oshikango, the armed robbery at Ondangwa and illegal possession of NamPol uniforms.
They are due appear in court on Tuesday.