Ongha maize theft suspects in court

21 Jan 2017 12:50pm
ONGWEDIVA, 21 JAN (NAMPA) – Three suspects accused of stealing bags of maize from a truck at Ongha in the Ohangwena Region appeared in the Ohangwena Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.
Sergeant Abner Kaume Iitumba of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Public Relations Unit in the region confirmed the suspects’ brief first appearance to Nampa Friday, saying their case was postponed to the 01 March 2017 for further investigations.
Iitumba identified the suspects as Marcelus Baumane, 26, Shapopi Matheus, 27, and 29-year-old Josua Nahenda.
Earlier Iitumba told this news agency a truck driver and four young men were Monday caught red-handed, whilst offloading bags of maize from the truck.
The truck belongs to Epic, a business in northern Namibia.
The driver, Matheus, allegedly diverted the truck from the Ondangwa-Oshikango main road into the bush in the Ongha area where they were found loading off some bags of maize at around 18h00.
According to Iitumba, the pick-up vehicle in which the suspects were found loading the bags of maize sped off from the scene when Police approached the area.
The truck, Iitumba said, was on its way from neighbouring South Africa to deliver the bags of maize to Oshikango border post for further transportation to Angola in a different truck.
Police said the driver of the pick-up, who is believed to be hiding at Walvis Bay in the Erongo Region, and another young man who fled from the scene are yet to be arrested.
Police apprehended the suspects after a tip-off from the local community. Iitumba said preliminary police investigations show that the truck was carrying 1 400 bags of maize of which 97 were stolen and 60 recovered so far.