Namibia: Man Arrested With Leopard Skin At Oshakati

THE police in the Oshana region have arrested a 45-year-old man for allegedly possessing a leopard skin, which he tried to sell to an undercover police officer at the Uupindi informal settlement, Oshakati, at about 17h30 on Wednesday.

According to the crime report, the suspect attempted to run away when he discovered that the buyers were undercover police officers. A physical altercation ensued, before the suspect attempted to discard the bag containing the skin by hiding it behind a house.

The suspect was also found in possession of a pistol s/n 014230 without a valid licence.

The leopard skin is valued at about N$150 000.

All of the items were seized by the police.

The suspect faces four counts, namely contravening the Controlled Wildlife Products and Trade Act 9 of 2008, possession of a firearm without a licence, resisting a lawful arrest and defeating the ends of justice.

Police investigations into the matter continue.

In another incident, the police seized a live pangolin which was found on the rear seat of a motor vehicle, after receiving a tip-off during the police search at Okaku kaNangula village along the Oshakati-Omungwelume main road at about 11h00 on Tuesday.

Two suspects were arrested in this matter.

The live pangolin, which is valued at N$50 000, was seized and handed over to the Ministry of Environment and Tourism.

On Monday, the police in the Oshana region recorded a case of robbery after several suspects entered a liquor outlet and, after threatening the cashier with a panga, made off with cash and a cellphone.

The incident happened at Okadhiya outlet at the Oshawapala informal location at Oshakati.

An amount of about N$9 825 was stolen from the outlet.

No arrests have been made in this matter, nor has the stolen property been recovered.

In another separate incident, unknown suspects broke into a commercial building belonging to the complainant and stole a safe containing about N$23 000 in cash from At Direct Auto at Ongwediva at about 02h30 on Monday.

No arrests have been made and the suspects remain at large.

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