WINDHOEK, More than one thousand illegal firearms, 99,509 rounds of ammunitions and 81 explosive ordinances were handed over to the Namibian Police (NamPol) Force over the past five months, says NamPol Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi.

She told a media briefing here Sunday that the amnesty period for illegal firearms and armaments from the public to be surrendered was from Aug 18 2016 to Feb 18 2017 and a total of 1,274 illegal firearms were handed over when Namibians were given the opportunity to surrender all arms, ammunition or armaments contravening the Arms and Ammunition Act of 1996.

Shikwambi said with the amnesty period concluded, the public is reminded that whoever is found in possession of an illegal firearm, ammunition or armament will be dealt with accordingly.

She commended the abiding citizens who followed the government?s plea to surrender all illegal and unwanted firearms to the police. Shikwambi also took the opportunity to warn the public to stop creating and circulating voice recordings that misinform the nation.

She said police had received a number of calls from the public wanting to confirm alleged disasters within certain areas following the feared tropical depression expected on Saturday. "This misinformation has caused nothing but confusion, false alarms and panic amongst some members of the public."

The tropical depression which was expected to hit Namibia on Saturday, weakened and was downgraded to a low pressure system of moderate rainfall and strong winds up to 24 kilometres per hour (kph).