A MEMBER of the Namibian Police, who used his position of authority to extort a bribe from truck driver transporting tourists through Namibia, was arrested in Windhoek during sting operation by an investigative team of the Anti-Corruption Commission.
The bribery transaction that went down between the police officer and the overland truck driver was caught on video by the investigative team of the ACC.
Khomas Regional Commander, Commissioner Joseph Shikongo, confirmed the incident and said the officer was arrested in Windhoek on Saturday. He said the officer left his duty post at the permanent police checkpoint on the road to Rehoboth to go to the city centre to receive the bribe money from the truck driver.
The officer involved attempted to extort N$4 000 from the overland truck driver.
According to Commissioner Shikongo the arrest of the police officer in Windhoek by the ACC follows the arrest of two other officers earlier in the week.
“The one was stationed at the Kapssfarm roadblaock and was involved in the theft of batteries from a communications relay station of MTC about two weeks ago.”
According to the report about that incident police officers fired several warning shots at the driver of a vehicle who fled from the roadblock at the time. The bakkie with the stolen batteries was found abandoned next to the road and detectives has since arrested several suspects of which one a was a police officer.
“The third officer, a member of the Crime Investigations Division, was also arrested on charges of on charges of corruption after receiving a bribe of N$6 000.”
Commissioner Shikongo said the arrest of the three officers reflects badly on the majority of the members of the Namibian Police and damages the trust the nation puts in their fellow officers.
“All three the suspects are currently detained and can expect the full brunt of the law once their trial starts. The message from the Inspector General of the Namibian Police in cases like these is very clear. Any officer that indulges in corruption will definitely be arrested and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”
In this regard a former detective who served with the Namibian Police in the Erongo Region, Sergeant Immanuel Shitaleni, in September this year was sentenced to spend the two years in jail after he was convicted on charges of corruption.
Shitaleni was found guilty on a charge of corruptly soliciting and agreeing to accept a gratification in the amount of N$5 000 in exchange for getting rid of a case file or docket in a fraud case to which he was assigned as the investigating officer.