Police arrest trickster,recover pistol and 14 live ammunition

Malawi Police Service  in Mzimba have arrested a 36 year old man for illegal possession of a Pistol and 14 rounds of live ammunition after his failure to extort money from a woman.

Mzimba Police Station Press and Public Relations Officer Constable Gift Nyirongo confirmed the arrest of Isaiah Ng’oma of Tegha Nyirenda village, Traditional Authority Chindi in the district saying he been charged with illegal possession of a firearm contrary to Regulation 7 of Public Security Regulations Act.

Nyirongo said the suspect went to the house the house of Mrs. Mercy Nkunika at Zgawera Nkunika village in the same area where he demanded money which he claimed his brother had sent through her from South Africa.

Nyirongo: Mzimba poli e spokesman

According to Nyirongo, the suspect impersonated a Mr Chirambo after he got wind that another Chirambo in South Africa had sent a lot of money to his relations at the village.

“But Mrs Nkunika called his in-law Victor Nkunika to help in validating Chirambo’s identity things did not work well. Victor identified the suspect as Isaiah Ng’oma saying have been staying together in South Africa.

“But when the suspect noticed that he has been uncovered, he took a Pistol and fired one round at Victor but fortunately the bullet shot on the floor near him,” Nyirongo said.

The Police Publicist said a fight then ensued but Victor overpowered the suspect and grabbed the Pistol.

“The suspect was arrested on spot with the assistance of other villagers,” Nyirongo said.

Crime rate

Recently Police in Mzimba said they have reduced the crime rate by a whopping 64 percent saying the district registered 489 criminal cases compared to 1358 the same time last year.

The Police said ‘decrease’ is a sum of the four main police formation namely, Mzimba Parent Station, Kafukule, Champhira and Chikangawa Police Posts.

“We have intensified Police visibility both during day and night in various crime prone areas. We are also grateful to the public for tip offs this has been possible because of the various community policing structures we have across the district,” Nyirongo said.

But in per capita (person) terms the decrease is insignificant than the hype the Police want the public to believe. The Police to Population ratio is 1 per 1700 people.

With a total land mass of 10,450 square Kilometres and 610,944 people, the district registered 489 criminal cases compared to 1358  the same time last year.

Therefore the new per capita crime rate is 0.001 per 100,000 people from  0.00223 per 100,000 people.

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