9 dangerous prisoners escape from Luanda and Okahao

WINDHOEK: Nine dangerous prisoners allegedly escaped from a prison facility in Luanda, Angola over the past few weeks, and might be hiding in Namibia.

Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguantjivi told a media conference yesterday afternoon the Angolan Police Force alerted their Namibian counterparts about the escape, as some of the escapees may be seeking refuge in Namibia.

Kanguatjivi said the nine escapees were arrested by the Angolan Police Force on various serious charges such as murder, armed robbery and theft.

He could, however, not give more details about the escape, and requested the Namibian public to report any movement of suspicious men in their areas to the Police.

Here in Namibia, the Police at Okahao in the Omusati Region reported that three trial-awaiting prisoners allegedly escaped from custody at the police holding cells at Okahao on Sunday at about 03h25.

It is suspected that the door of the holding cell was left unlocked, and the three suspects allegedly first switched off the electricity in the Okahao Police Charge Office before running out of the main door.

One of the three escapees, Thomas Amakali, 23, was re-arrested on the same day at the Evululuko village in the Etunda area of the Okahao Constituency, but Iiyambo Mikka, 23, and 25-year-old Joel Thomas are still at large, and police investigations continue in order to track them down.