13 February 2013

Namibia: Five Nabbed With Stolen Firearms

Walvis Bay — A former security guard of Stallion Security and four other suspects were arrested this past weekend for the possession of firearms and electronic devices allegedly stolen during a burglary at the town.

The suspects, Onesmus Amunyela (21), Isreal Ndipulaye (24), Micheal Shipindo Nampweya (23), Puis N Edwards (27) and Jason Shilomboneni (25) appeared on charges related to housebreaking, theft, intent to rob, robbery and the possession of illegal firearms and ammunition in the Walvis Bay Magistrate's Court yesterday.

The case was postponed to February 27, 2013 to enable the five accused to make formal bail applications. The five suspects are accused of breaking in at Stallion Security Services not too long ago. Amunyela was previously employed by the security company, but resigned a month ago.

The Namibian Police Chief for the Erongo Region Commissioner, Samuel //Hoebeb during a media briefing in Walvis Bay said the police received a tip-off from members of the public and raided a house in Kuisebmund last week Saturday.

He said that two men were arrested on the spot and the police also confiscated five firearms, two laptops and various cellular phones and other electronic devices from the suspects. //Hoebeb applauded coastal residents for their close cooperation with Nampol.

"These firearms could have ended up in the wrong hands and led to armed robberies and the loss of innocent lives. I salute the members of the public who willingly came forward and shared vital information with Nampol," he said.

He urged resident to report the illegal circulation of firearms and urged those with unlicensed firearms and ammunition to hand them over voluntarily at any police station. "You will not be prosecuted at all due the on-going amnesty period," he assured people with illegal firearms.

Furthermore //Hoebeb said the police also confiscated five firearms and ammunition at farm Tsuabe in the Karibib district.

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