Six arrested with pangolin skins

Suspects were arrested at Outapi, Otjiwarongo and Okahandja for being in possession of pangolin skins last week.

20 February 2020 | Crime

A total of nine suspects were arrested in connection with wildlife crimes last week, with five new cases registered.

According to statistics provided by the intelligence and investigation unit and the protective resources division in the safety and security ministry, four pangolin skins were seized. Other items seized during operations also included one vehicle and 10 bullets.

At Outapi, a Namibian was arrested last Tuesday for being in possession of a pangolin skin. Onesmus Amukunda was charged for contravening the controlled Wildlife Products and Trade Act.

The following day, another Namibian was arrested at Outapi for being in possession of a pangolin skin. Elace David Luhuna was also charged for contravening the Controlled Wildlife Products and Trade Act and for contravening the Nature Conservation Ordinance.

In another incident at Otjiwarongo, two Namibian men were arrested last Wednesday for being in possession of a pangolin skin, while a vehicle was also seized.

Wayne Eugene Earnsh Noabeb and Josef Ganeb were charged for contravening the Controlled Wildlife Products and Trade Act.

Last Friday at Okahandja, a Namibian and an Angolan national were arrested for being in possession of a pangolin skin.

Absalom Shiwedha and Shivi Domingo were also charged for contravening the Controlled Wildlife Products and Trade Act.

Meanwhile at Katima Mulilo, two Zambians and an Angolan national were arrested last Saturday for being in illegal possession of ammunition without a licence. Erick Kapope, Maleti Kandela and Kati Chabala were charged under the Arms and Ammunition Act.

ELLANIE SMIT

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