26 Nov 2017 16:20pm
WALVIS BAY, 26 NOV (NAMPA) Namibian Police Force Inspector General, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga instructed his officers to redouble efforts in combating illegal drugs entering the country.
He said unlike before when Namibia was a transit for drugs into neighbouring countries, the nation has now become a consumer, hence the need to work around the clock to combat illegal substances.
Our society is faced with a serious drug consumption problem; therefore we have to redouble our efforts to save the future of our nation, especially our children.
Ndeitunga said this in a national speech read by Erongo Regional Commander, Commissioner Andreas Nelumbu at the 27th Police Day celebration in Walvis Bay on Sunday.
He said from January 2016 to November this year, the police arrested 124 foreign nationals and 1 458 Namibians in connection with possession and dealing in drugs.
The drugs in question are mandrax, cannabis, cocaine powder and crack cocaine, ecstasy, methcathinone (Cat) and crystalline methamphetamine (Tik). The combined street value of the drugs is more than N.dollars 12 million.
Dealers and runners have found a flourishing drug market in our country, many Namibians including children have now become drug addicts, Ndeitunga said.
Overall, he thanked the public for exposing criminals and assisting in apprehending such crooks, which often also lead to the recovery of property.
He asked the public and the police to continue working together to prevent crimes especially during the coming festive season.
Ndeitunga further said officers should be rewarded for good work.
At the celebration, some police officers were presented with long service awards. Some were given certificates of participation in successful missions, such as arresting rhino poachers.
Three police stations in Erongo were also awarded floating trophies and certificates for being the best in the region in terms of cleanliness, docket clearance and good management.
Arandis Police Station is the overall best performer, followed by Uis and Omatjete police stations.
The Police Day is celebrated simultaneously across the regions, with the aim to reward and encourage officers to work hard, reflect on achievements and challenges, amongst other things.