OMUTHIYA – A total of 783 livestock with an estimated value of N$2.8 million were reportedly stolen in the Oshikoto region between January and September 2023.
A crime report issued by the Oshikoto police’s Peter Nakadhilu stated that a total of 170 cases were opened relating to the thefts, leading to the arrests of 75 suspects.
“The large stolen stock is 384, with an estimated value of N$1 879 000, and only 66 of the large stock with a value of N$441 945 were recovered,” he said. Nakadhilu reported that the small stock stolen was 399 with an estimated value of N$504 000, and only 105 of the small stock were recovered.
“The animals most stolen from our farmers are cattle and goats,” he said.
The deputy commissioner noted that the large stock comprises cattle, donkeys and horses, whereas the small stock includes goats and sheep.
“I want to urge our local farmers to take care of their livestock so that they are not scavenged,” added Nakadhilu. -Nampa