By Marianne Nghidengwa
THE Namibian Police has arrested at least seven foreign fugitives for attempting to commit various fraudulent crimes through transformed tactics of stealing including the bombing of automated teller machines (ATMs), Confidente can reveal.
Nampol Inspector General, Sebastian Ndeitunga told Confidente that three Zimbabweans on the run from South African authorities were nabbed at the Mohembo border post between Namibia and Botswana after failed attempts to bomb cash machines in Rundu while four others of different nationality were arrested in Katima Mulilo.
Ndeitunga raised concern over criminals evolving fast by changing their stealing strategies saying that a majority learn the tricks while in South Africa and attempt to commit them in Namibia.
“Fortunately we arrested them all and this should be a warning to others that there is no room for such crimes in our society. Those who commit crimes will be arrested,” Ndeitunga assured.
Ndeitunga said that Nampol is working on different security measures for such types of threats. “It has also come to our attention that some Namibians tend to pick up such tricks and should be warned that they will be arrested.”
Speaking on fugitives mostly on the said that his team together with the Ministry of Home Affairs is still investigating how Nigerian refugees at Osire are conniving with fellow kinsman in neighbouring countries, wanted for various crimes including murder, to enter Namibia and seek refugee status. run from South African authorities, Ndeitunga also
The matter first surfaced in April when Ndeitunga said that the fugitives committed crimes such as rape, murder and armed robbery in South Africa and were trying to get into Namibia to acquire refugee status to escape the wrath of justice in that country.
Ndeitunga at the time said that the matter was a serious security threat fearing the fugitives might commit similar crimes once granted refugee status in Namibia.
“Preliminary investigations suggest that those in South Africa are in hiding and with the help of those at Osire are being smuggled into the country. Most are trying to get here by trucks. This is a serious security threat. They want to come and sit idle here and eventually commit those similar crimes. It also means that if they are granted refugee status it will be difficult for them to be punished for their criminal acts committed in South Africa,” said Ndeitunga at the time.
There have been reports in the local media about how refugees at Osire find it easy to connive and assist others in neighbouring countries because of the weak or no security control at the refugee camp situated outside Otjiwarongo. Several refugees at Osire have also been arrested for house breaking and armed robbery amongst other crimes, which demonstrates that there is lax security control at the refugee camp.
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