OPERATION Kalahari Desert made a break-through at Ondangwa by arresting two suspected fuel smugglers at Omashaka following a tip off by members of the public.
The Crime Investigation Coordinator of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Oshana Region, Deputy Commissioner Hilja Haipumbu made the announcement during a media briefing held at Ondangwa Police Station on Thursday.
Haipumbu stated that the force confiscated a total of 70 containers of combined 1 635 litres, valued at N$22 301.44, from the arrested suspects.
According to Haipumbu, some of the containers were found hidden in a shack where the suspects were sleeping, while others were still loaded in a Toyota Hilux Pick-up and a Toyota Runx sedan.
The two vehicles have also been confiscated to be an exhibit in court. “This is an ongoing illegal business and such, we are appealing to our citizens to refrain from transporting petrol without following legal procedures,” said Haipumbu.
Haipumbu explained that keeping petrol is dangerous and can cause loss of lives.
Although the Police investigation to detect the origin of the fuel is still at early stage, Haipumbu believes it has been imported from neighbouring Angola.
She said Oshana NamPol has pervious arrested other suspected fuel smugglers in the region, with one of them arrested at Oshikondiilongo village in the Okaku Constituency for being found in possession of 40 containers of smuggled fuel last month.
“This suspect is already awaiting final trail,” Haipumbu noted.
Those arrested on Thursday are due to appear in the Ondangwa Magistrate’s Court on Friday.