Notorious criminal ‘Gadafi’, six others arrested in Malawi police crackdown

In what is being billed as major breakthrough so far in the fight against organized crime, Police in the Southern Region  have arrested one of the most feared and notorious criminals Feston George Ali (32) also known as ‘Gadafi’ in an operation carried out earlier this week.

Confirming the development southern region police spokesperson Nicholas Gondwa told Nyasa Times that ‘Gaddafi’ was arrested together with other six members of his gang suspected of being involved in a series of robberies in Blantyre City.

Gondwa therefore described the arrest of ‘Gadafi’ as the most significant breakthrough in efforts to combat organized crime across the country adding that the muscular built suspect has been using his gang to terrorize the city of Blantyre.

“Yes, it is true we have in our custody one of the most wanted criminals in Blantyre, we arrested him at the weekend and he gave us also names of his accomplices and right now we have managed to arrest six of them.

“This is big step because Gadafi has confessed to be behind some of the major robberies that took place in the city. Just to mention but a few we have found out that he organized the robbery of huge sums of cash from the driver of Namtipwili Trading, they also robbed the following places such as Chitawira, Milale, Siku Transport as well as H&H hardware,” explained Gondwa.

Meanwhile, Gondwa further told Nyasa Times  that others that have been nabbed include another dangerous suspect Davie Kahowa (44), Medison Dula (23), Evance Mikoko (26), Jones Erick (29), Richard Gwaza (34) and Mabvuto Mwandale (29).

Added he: “Our investigations are still ongoing because some of the names Gaddafi gave us are still at large therefore we are calling upon the general public to help us locate these criminals.”

He therefore refused to comment on when the 7 will appear in court saying, “currently as I said the police has not finished its investigations as such we can only start talking of court appearance once we gather all the necessary information.

“We are therefore calling on the general public to help with any information leading to the arrest of suspected robbers so that we can curb rising robbery incidents,” urged Gondwa.

Malawi has for the past few months seen an increase in  armed robberies, a situation many commentators have blamed on the recent transition of power that saw President Mrs. Joyce Banda assuming the reigns of power following the death of Bingu wa Mutharika in April.

Mutharika regime applied heavy handedness on crime as it enforced the controversial shoot-to-kill policy but when President Banda took over she abandoned it saying it’s illegal.

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