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Angola has already arrested more than 45,000 people for fountain rape this year

The Border Guard Police detained, this year, 45,575 citizens of various nationalities, out of a total of 8900 cases of border violations, land and sea, announced this Thursday the commander of the police organ.

: Lusa
Lusa  

The data were advanced by the commander of the Border Guard Police, chief commissioner Francisco Paiva, in the opening speech of the commemoration of 43 years of existence of the National Police organ.

According to Francisco Paiva, the provinces of Cabinda, Zaire, Lunda Norte, Moxico, Cuando Cubango and Cunene are still the most critical sectors of the Angolan borders.

Francisco Paiva referred that, despite not having been "an easy path", the Border Guard Police, throughout its 43 years of existence, "has been able to deal with adversities of various kinds, even with the sacrifice of the lives of its bravest fighters".

"During the first half of the current year the operative situation along the border was characterized by irregular movements of national and foreign citizens, pursuing purposes such as illegal immigration, diamond mining, smuggling and export of fuel and various goods, illegal fishing, poaching, illegal logging, and the violation of maritime navigation rules," he stressed.

According to the commander, the weekly average of detention of immigrants was 1800 people, of which 75 percent are citizens of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRCongo), 15 percent are nationals and 10 percent correspond to other nationalities.

The police chief stressed that, even in the pandemic phase, the country is witnessing "a great pressure on the activities of smuggling and export of fuel, products of the basic food basket, as well as poaching, with main emphasis on the borders with DR Congo, Zambia and Namibia.

"To this end, tactical and operational measures were taken, aimed at the prevention and containment of cross-border crimes and in this crusade the Border Guard Police always counted on the cooperation and collaboration of other defense and security agencies, namely the Angolan Armed Forces, Customs Tax Police, Criminal Investigation Service, Foreigners Migration Service and the General Tax Administration," he said.

The Border Guard Police commander highlighted the realization of nine training actions for its staff, which benefited 316 officers.

"The Border Guard Police is aware that in order to achieve success in the fulfillment of its mission, it is imperative to train human resources", stressed Francisco Paiva, pointing out that for 2022 other training actions are planned.