20 Oct 2015 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 20 OCT (NAMPA) The second of six Namibian fugitives who allegedly escaped from the police holding cells in Lubango in Angola in early October this year, has been re-arrested.
The fugitive - Marius Jackie Iipinge, 33 -, alias Cafude, who hails from Onawayakilian village east of Oshakati was re-arrested by members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) on Saturday while allegedly hiding in one of the informal settlements in the capital.
Iipinge made a brief appearance in the Katutura Magistrates Court along Mungunda Street on Tuesday, where he also gave the court a fake name, saying he is the 30-year-old Marius Romanus.
Iipinge appeared before Windhoek Magistrate Hambeleleni Heita while Public Prosecutor Granny Paulus handled the State's case.
Meanwhile, his case was transferred to the Oshakati Magistrates Court in the North where he faces a charge of robbery with aggravating circumstances which he allegedly committed in Namibia in 2007.
Iipinge is scheduled to make his first appearance in the Oshakati Magistrate's Court on 02 November this year.
He remains in police custody.
Iipinge became the second fugitive to be re-arrested following the arrest of Matheus Shinombela Petrus, who was apprehended by NamPol members at the police roadblock between Okahandja and Windhoek in the past two weeks.
The remaining four fugitives still on the run are Gabriel Shinyemba Namupolo; Tomas Hipewabedi Amweelo; Daniel Natangwe Mbishi; and David Simeon Aron Kanenguni.
On 11 October this year, NamPol's Head of Media Relations, Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi said in a media statement availed to Nampa that the six men believed to be hard-core criminals escaped from prison holding cells in Lubango in neighbouring Angola between 04 and 05 October this year.
The group was initially arrested by members of the Angolan Police Force in February 2015 after an alleged bank robbery at the southern town of Lubango.
National Central Bureau Lubango, Angola, through the Interpol National Central Bureau in Windhoek, Namibia, has requested the public to assist in tracing the Namibian fugitives.
According to Shikwambi, the six alleged criminals are also wanted in Namibia for a record of cases ranging from murder, attempted murder, illegal possession of arms and ammunition, escape from lawful police custody, as well as housebreaking and theft.
All six, including Shinombelo and Iipinge, are regarded as dangerous and violent and may be armed, and the public should therefore not attempt to apprehend them.
Anyone with information can contact the nearest police station or Deputy Commissioner Kanyetu on 0813783818 or Detective Chief Inspector Sackaria Amakali on 0812499692.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the fugitives should not be afraid of retaliation as their identity will be protected, Shikwambi noted.