223 suspects arrested at Oshana

The Oshana Region's festive season operations were a great success.

29 January 2019 | Crime

Oshana regional police commander, Commissioner Rauha Amwele, says a total of 223 suspects were arrested for different crimes during their festive season operations.

The Oshana police also issued 783 tickets worth N$806 500 during the period.

They also impounded six vehicles that were used in the commission of crimes in the region.

Amwele said the region police conducted its festive season operations between 25 November and 15 January this year. They were joined by Operation Hornkranz from 20 December.

Amwele said the aim was to conduct intensive crime-prevention operations to ensure road safety and combat crime.

“The operations were successful and we have achieved a lot, be it in the enforcing of traffic laws and regulations and crime-prevention in communities, which led to the recording of few road accidents and criminal activities in the region during the festive season,” Amwele said.

Among the successful achievements was the issuing of 783 tickets of which 289 (N$287 300) were for driver fitness, while 165 (N$181 750) were for driving without seatbelts.

Among the impounded vehicles was a Nissan Note that was stolen in Windhoek. The vehicle was handed back to its owner.

A Toyota RunX that was also stolen in Windhoek and used to commit a robbery in Oshakati was also recovered

“We also managed to confiscate a Toyota Corolla which was used in the commission of fraud and theft under false pretences on different dates… a 60-year-old woman at Oshakati (initially) lost N$385 000, which later went up to N$405 000.”

It was reported that a resident of Onangodhi village near Oshakati fell prey to fraudsters who pretended to be National Traffic Information System (NaTIS), Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and Namibian police officers.

This was while she was trying to buy a learner's license.

Amwele said they also managed to confiscate dangerous weapons, including 20 traditional knives, 28 pangas and 35 okapi knives

“It was a good initiative by the head of state to direct the sister forces, the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) and the Namibian Correctional Service (NCS), to jointly conduct Operation Hornkranz with the Namibian police. It is recommended that the same directive should continue, especially during special operations such as the festive season, the Easter weekend, during school holidays and so on. This operation was a resounding success in the region.”

ILENI NANDJATO

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