Two men arrested for impersonating police officers

09 Jun 2017 19:50pm
OTJIWARONGO, 09 JUN (NAMPA) - Two men on Friday appeared in the Otjiwarongo Magistrate’s Court on charges of impersonating police officers and tricking a businessman.
The two - Michael Tangeni Mureko and Lourens Isaskar Aebeb, both aged 47 - were arrested by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in Otjiwarongo and Windhoek respectively on Thursday.
Both appeared before Otjiwarongo Magistrate, Toini Shilongo for attempting to con the 67-year-old businessman out of N.dollars 80 000 in a false tender syndicate on Tuesday.
The conmen also stand accused of impersonating Namibian Police Force (NamPol) and ACC officers.
ACC Chief Investigations Officer, Nelius Becker in an interview with Nampa on Friday said Mureko and Aebeb allegedly threatened to arrest the victim until he pays them the money.
They allegedly initially asked the victim to pay them N.dollars 300 000 for his tender corruption case to be destroyed, which the pensioner apparently agreed to do at the premises of the Katutura Police Station in the capital on Tuesday.
On Thursday, the same men again allegedly called the businessman with another demand for a reduced fee of N.dollars 80 000.
The victim allegedly then reported the matter to the ACC office in the capital and a trap was set for the men.
The two accused were arrested while receiving the N.dollars 80 000.
They were remanded in custody after their bail was opposed by the State.
The magistrate had postponed their case to 27 July 2017 for further police investigations.
Mureko and Aebeb both indicated that they will engage private lawyers.
Public prosecutor, Lewis Chigunwe represented the State in the matter.