Police in Mangochi have arrested John M’madi Raja, 54, on suspicion that he robbed Action Aid offices, Total and Engen Filling Stations respectively in the month of June, 2022.
Mangochi Police Spokesperson Amina Tepani Daudi said police records show that Raja and his five accomplices who are on the run, on the night of June 1, 2022 broke into Action Aid offices within the township and went away with assorted property among them seven laptops, desktops, and T-shirts all worthy K12 Million.
Daudi said on June 6, 2022 the gang broke into Engen Filling Station at Maldeco area and went away with K500,000.00.
“Raja and his accomplices are also suspected to have broken into Mpondasi Total Filling Station, dragged all fuel attendants and locked them in one room and fled away with K60,000 cash, 10 bottles of five litres of oil, 5 jerricans (20 litres each) of fuel and assorted groceries,” added Daudi.
She further said in all scenarios, the assailants were armed with a pistol, panga knives and metal bars. They also tied up the guards before executing their operations.
In the meantime police have intensified investigations to arrest the remaining five and also to recover the stolen property, according to Daudi.
Raja hails from Kalembo Village, Traditional Authority Kalembo in Balaka.