Malawi Police in the central District of Ntcheu are keeping in custody three people for being of possession of two fire arms, 19 live ammunition.
The suspects are alleged to be behind a series of armed robberies at SharpeVale trading centre in the district.
According to police in the district, the three were arrested after one of them tried to kill his girlfriend.
“One suspects, Yahaya Hassan, 21, was in love with a sister to village headman Saidi in the district before he went to South to Africa for greener pastures,” Ntcheu police publicist Hastings Chigalu told Nyasa Times.
“Upon returning from the South Africa last month, he found out that his girlfriend is going out with another man. This development did not go down well with him, he was angered and thought of punishing her.”
Hassan is said to have taken a riffle loaded with live ammunitions to shoot the said girlfriend, but his friend who is among the suspects, prevented him from doing so.
Officers from Sharpevale Police post followed the issue and arrested one suspect Mika Dzuwa who had one rifle, Air gun Pistol, with six live ammunitions which were found wrapped in a plastic bag and burried on the ground.
Later, after thorough investigations, two more suspects were also arrested and this led to the recovery of another rifle, Taurus Brasil Revolver, with 13 live ammunitions.
It was revealed during the arrests that the rifles were used in one of the robberies in the area and other mere shootings at the market and their home.
It is said that the riffles and ammunitions were brought in the country from South Africa using a truck in RSA and entered Malawi through Mwanza border on February 27, this year.
Yahaya Hassan, 21, hails from Saidi village and Mika Dzuwa, 35, from Kachimanga village, while Kalambo John, 18, is from Njirika village, all in Traditional Authority Ganya, in Ntcheu.
Meanwhile, suspects appeared before Ntcheu magistrate court on Monday for plea.
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