WINDHOEK, 18 JUN – The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) arrested two people in the capital on Friday for possession of one live pangolin valued at N.dollars 50 000.
A media release issued by NamPol on Monday said the arrest of a man and a woman follows a crime prevention operation conducted by the Protected Resources Division in the capital.
They are charged with contravention of Section 4 (1) (a) (b) of Controlled wildlife products and Trade Act 9/2008, and Act 6 of 2017 as amended.
The two are also charged with possession of and dealing in controlled wildlife products.
In an unrelated matter, four men were on Saturday apprehended after they allegedly attacked a tourist entourage at the cone-shaped water tower, popularly known as Lovers’ Hill, in the capital on the same day.
It is alleged that the suspects, aged between 22 and 32, were armed with knives when they attacked five tourists (three from Germany and two from Switzerland) and robbed them of three cameras and a binocular, all valued at about N.dollars 104 563. All items were later recovered by the police.
The tourists were in the company of their Namibian tour guide who was stabbed in the head during the robbery. He is reportedly in a stable condition.
In a separate incident, the police at Omakange in the Kunene Region reported a case of unnatural death following the death of a four-day-old infant who was found dead by the mother when she returned to her room the shower.
A postmortem will be conducted to determine the cause of death.