Malawi Police Service in Blantyre on Wednesday night arrested 56 people in a sweeping exercise that was staged just hours after armed robbers made off with undisclosed amount of money from Chipiku Stores.
About 10 armed men equipped with AK 47 gun and panga knives invaded Chipiku Stores situated at Ginnery Corner opposite Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) on Wednesday evening and assaulted some shop workers before they drove away with stolen cash.
In reaction to the failure to defuse the robbery despite being situated close to the vicinity, Southern Region Police on the same day, the law enforcners apprehended 56 people who are currently under custody and set to appear in court soon.
However, the law enforcers were quick to say the arrested people are not connected to the Chipiku Store incident.
“These people are not in any way connected to the theft that happened at Chipiku. This was a different sweeping exercise,” Southern Region Police Public Relations Officer, Nicholas Gondw told Nyasa Times.
“Some will answer charges of Rogue and Vagabond while others have been charged with theft. We expect to bring them to court soon,” he explained.
Gondwa said at mean time investigations are underway to apprehend those involved in Chipiku Store theft, adding one of the attacked shop workers is currently admitted at QECH.
“Meanwhile nobody has been arrested in connection to the theft but our investigations are in progress. We have not yet established how much was stolen as they are still working on that too”.