K4m robbery at Standard Bank: Gang impersonated Malawi Police officers

Security elapse stories continue as eight armed robbers masquerading as Malawi Police officers on Friday raided and stole K4 million from Standard Bank in Dedza, Police confirmed.

Dedza police station spokesperson Sergeant Edward Kabango said the law enforcers have not managed to catch the criminals, who were dressed in full Malawi Police uniform.

They have also not recovered the money stolen while bank staff were conducting a routine accounting of the day’s transactions.

The eight robbers were armed with three riffles, wielding panga knives and handcuffs.robbery

According to eye witnesses. The criminals are said to have tied security guards and bank staff before running away using a vehicle yet to be identified.

“We did not find the robbers when we arrived at the scene but we received reports that they were in police uniform and some had guns,” said the Dedza Police Spokesperson.

The incident becomes a second bank robbery in two weeks after another incident in Mangochi.

Coincidentally on the same day, Inspector General of Police, Lot Dzonzi assured Malawians not to despair as the law enforcers were doing everything possible to deal with the rising crime rate that has sent shivers to many citizens.

A spate of armed robbery has been taking place across the country since the May 20 Tripartite Elections and with another one which claimed the life of building contractor in Manja, Blantyre three weeks ago.

The country has experienced an increase in crime, including hijacks, armed robberies and house break-ins.

Minister of Information, Tourism and Civic Education Kondwani Nankhumwa said government is aware of the public outcry on crime levels.

Recently, Malawi has also seen some public infrastructure such as the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Lilongwe Warehouse being gutted by fire, leading to speculation of arson.

Nankhumwa said “Government will not sit idle and watch this malpractice continue in the country.”

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