Two men arrested with four elephant tusks at Tuhingireni

Two suspects were arrested on Friday night at Tuhingireni informal settlement in Rundu after they were found to be in possession of four elephant tusks.

This was announced by Senior Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Romeo Muyunda in a statement made available to the media on Saturday.

He said the two suspects, who are both Namibians were arrested through a joint operation with Namibian Police Force (NamPol) at around 20h00 after the two were found to be in possession of four elephants tusks.

Muyunda said the products were found in the back of a black polo which was also impounded and taken to the Rundu police station and a case of possession and dealing in controlled wildlife products was opened against the two.

It should be reiterated that wildlife crime in Namibia is becoming a risky activity. Perpetrators are warned to refrain or risk been caught as we continue to intensify our efforts, he warned.

Muyunda said this in one of many arrests undertaken by law enforcement agencies, in which he further went on to discourage people to reject these types of crimes because the sacrifices they take is not worth their freedom.

We applaud the effort of the law enforcement agencies in this regard and further appeal to the public at large to report any form of wildlife crime to the authorities. As patriotic citizens, its time to shun poaching and related wildlife crimes. Our wildlife is a valuable resource to the country considering its contribution to tourism development, employment creation, income and revenue generation. And poaching threatens this, he stressed.

Muyunda further added that for being patriotic, there are rewards for people coming up with information that will lead to the arrests of suspects involved in poaching related activities.

Deputy Commissioner Vilho Kalwenya, in charge of operations in Kavango East Region, confirmed the arrest saying that the suspects are currently in custody waiting for their court appearance on Monday.

Source: Namibia Press Agency