Oshana police warn against mob justice

The police have warned the public not to take the law into their own hands.

25 February 2021 | Crime

TUYEIMO HAIDULA

OSHAKATI



Police in the Oshana Region have warned the public not to take the law into their own hands.

Inspector Thomas Aiyambo told Namibian Sun that they will not spare anyone who takes the law into their own hands.

Aiyambo's comment came after a suspected burglar was beaten to death by a mob of angry villagers at Othingo village near Oshakati on Tuesday.

He said the deceased, Shuuveni Justus Elago (36), and two other men were caught red-handed after breaking into the house of one of the villagers on Monday night.

He said Elago told his attackers where they had hidden the stolen items.

“They should not take the law into their own hands.

We have emergency numbers that they can call the police for a quick response. The Namibian constitution stands for the human rights of everyone, even suspected criminals.

No one has the right to take anyone's life. Only the courts can judge if they are guilty and they will be punished accordingly,” Aiyambo said. He said the other two burglars managed to escape from the angry villagers.

“The two suspects managed to reach a vehicle they had parked near the house they targeted and sped off,” he said.

Aiyambo said the Oshakati police were investigating a case of murder.

The burglars stole a double bed, a gas stove, a gas cylinder and a generator valued at N$21 800. The police have recovered the stolen items.

Aiyambo said the police have not yet established which villagers had participated in the beating.

The other two burglars are still on the run and the police are requesting information that can assist in their arrest.

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