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Police clamp down on illegal fuel trade

BUSINESS came to standstill along the Namibia and Angolan borders as police clamped down on the sale of illicit fuel.

Namibian Police inspector general Joseph Shikongo on Monday morning, along with his Angolan counterparts, immigration and Namibia Revenue Agency officials, visited Oshikango, Odibo and Onaminda village in the Ohangwena region, where operations against the sale of illicit fuel and community engagements were conducted.

Shikongo said the visit formed part of familiarisation engagements across the country which were halted after his car accident last month.

“Today, Namibia and Angolan law enforcements acted against the sale of illicit fuel, and we have decided to pump up enforcement on both sides of the border as a serious stance against the sale of illicit goods, more specifically fuel traders.

“We managed to arrest people who were caught right in the act of filling their vehicles and selling fuel because they had not expected the police.

“We are warning those caught filling their vehicles that first time offenders will be fined N$20 000 and second time offenders N$40 000.

“In fact, the more one is caught, the higher they are fined and eventually risk their vehicles being confiscated,” warned Shikongo.

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