Ndeitunga: Serious crimes increasing

01 December 2017 | Crime

Otis Finck

Namibia has become a drug consuming country unlike in the past when it was considered a drug trafficking country, says the Inspector General of the Namibian Police Force Lt.-Gen. Sebastian Ndeitunga.

“The Namibian society is faced with a serious problem of drug consumption and this calls for a redoubling of efforts to save the future of the country and its children in particular. Dealers and runners have established a flourishing drug market and many Namibians including children have become drug addicts.”

Ndeitunga highlighted recent statistics which show that the Namibian police arrested 124 foreigners and 1 458 Namibians for using, possessing and dealing in cannabis, mandrax, cocaine powder, crack cocaine, methcathinone (Cat) and crystalline methamphetamine (tik).

“The combined street value of confiscated drugs amounted to N$12 111 953 for the period January 2015 to November 2017.”

The chief of police also listed domestic violence as another serious problem encountered with 6 647 cases recorded for the period under review. These include cases of rape, attempted rape, murder, attempted murder, arson, assault with intend to cause grievous bodily harm, common assault, malicious damage to property, pointing of firearm and crimen injuria.

He further said that the country also witnessed a sharp increase in cases of armed robberies and other serious crimes committed against innocent and law abiding individuals, high ranking members of society and businesses that are contributing to the socioeconomic development of the country since 2016 and particularly for this year.

Ndeitunga listed several armed robberies recorded at Usakos and Omaruru in the Erongo region and in Windhoek, Okahandja and Ondangwa. These include among others cash in transit robberies orchestrated in broad daylight and filming equipment robbed during an incident in Windhoek.

“7 452 robbery cases were reported at various police stations for the period January 2016 to November 2017. Of this total, 661 cases involved the use of firearms and we arrested 1 867 Namibian and foreign suspects. Due to good cooperation between the police and the public, coupled with the vigilance of police force members, most suspects in some of the robbery cases (including six foreign nationals involved in the cash-in-transit heist) are behind bars. Most of the money and other properties that were robbed as well as firearms used to commit the crimes have been recovered too."

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