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Clothes smugglers caught in the act

Clothes smugglers caught in the act

Placido Hilukilwa


AN unspecified number of Angolan and Namibian nationals were earlier this week apprehended by the police while crossing the international border illegally in the dead of night with secondhand clothes.


According to Ohangwena police’s community affairs officer, Inspector Abner Kaume Itumba, an unspecified number of people were caught trying to enter Namibia using an illegal entry point and violating the curfew that comes into effect at 21:00.


The alleged transgressors were smuggling sandals, used clothes and other items that they apparently intended to sell in Namibia.
“The majority were Angolans, but the group also included a number of Namibians. They were promptly arrested and have already appeared in court, but I have no further details at the moment,” he said.


Clothes smugglers caught act Angolan Namibian nationals apprehended police crossing international
Inspector Abner Kaume Itumba. Photo: Archive


Itumba said that the police is on duty 24 hours.


“We do not only patrol the borders during the day, but also during the night. Those who think that they are safe when they cross the border illegally under the cover of darkness, are deceiving themselves. We will catch them,” he said.


The Namibia-Angola border was closed last year as part of measures put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus.


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