Eighteen people were arrested for their alleged involvement in wildlife crimes

Eighteen people were arrested for their alleged involvement in wildlife crimes between 06 and 12 January 2020.

The Ministry of Environment and Tourism in its latest wildlife crime statistics report issued on Monday said five new cases were also registered during the period under review.

Fifteen suspects were apprehended in connection with rhino poaching or trafficking, including cases of conspiracy of rhino poaching.

The report, compiled in collaboration with the Namibian Police Force's Protected Resources Division, further disclosed that two pangolin skins, six rhino horns, two firearms, 17 pieces of ammunition and three vehicles were also confiscated during the period under review.

It further said a suspect, Mbayenovantu Katiti, who was charged with the contravention of the Controlled Wildlife Products and Trades Act after he was found in possession of six pieces of elephant tusks, appeared in court on 09 January 2020. Katiti was granted bail of N.dollars 4000.

Source: Namibia Press Agency