Suspects found with elephant tusks appear in court
19 Jul 2019 10:50am
WINDHOEK, 19 JUL (NAMPA) The two men arrested on Wednesday in possession of elephant tusks made their first appearance in the Katima Mulilo Magistrates Court on Thursday.
Nsundano Enock, 36, and Likando Martin, 39, appeared before Magistrate Clara Mwilima, who postponed their case to 26 September 2019 to allow them to seek legal representation.
Enock and Marting were denied bail and were remanded in custody.
Prosecutor Diana Khama appeared for the State.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)s Crime Investigations Coordinator for Zambezi, Deputy Commissioner Evans Simasiku told Nampa on Thursday the suspects were apprehended after a tip-off from members of the public that the two men were selling elephant tusks.
NamPol tracked down the driver who was driving a pick-up of the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture from Bukalo in the East of Katima Mulilo into town, where they were arrested.
At the time of their arrests, the suspects were found moving the number plate of the pick-up to a sedan.
The tusks were found cut into 16 pieces and stashed in three laptop bags and one travel bag at the back of the sedan after they moved them from the government vehicle, Simasiku said.
The value of the tusks is yet to be determined and police investigations continue.