Taxi driver arrested at Otjiwarongo for allegedly killing man

OTJIWARONGO: A 30-year-old man was arrested at Otjiwarongo on Sunday morning for allegedly shooting a man dead over his money in the Oshana Region on Saturday afternoon.

Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa Region, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha told Nampa in an exclusive interview on Sunday that the suspect had killed a man whose age in unknown in the Oshana Region in the area of Endola.

It is alleged the suspect was transporting the deceased in a taxi from Engela via the Endola-Oshakati road to Oshakati.

Mbeha said the deceased had apparently carried a lot of money on his body.

She said shortly before they had entered Oshakati from Endola direction at about 15h00 on Saturday afternoon, the deceased man was fatally shot once in the abdominal parts by the taxi driver.

“The man died on the spot in the vehicle. The taxi driver drove away and dumped his body in the bushes between Omundundu and Oshimwaku in the Ohangwena Region,” Mbeha said.

She said that then the 30-year-old taxi driver collected the deceased’s money and went to park his taxi at a house in Oshakati.

According to Mbeha the suspect then asked his relative to immediately transport him to Windhoek on that same Saturday evening.

However, some members of the police in the Oshana Region had picked up the information and alerted the Ohangwena police about the incident.

The suspect’s movements were then put under police surveillance in the Oshana and Ohangwena Regions.

However, upon realising that the suspect had travelled to the capital in a Toyota Runx sedan with Oshakati registration number, the Oshana police also informed some members of the Otjozondjupa police force about him, who then had set up an unexpected roadblock.

The suspect and his 31-year-old accomplice man were then arrested at 01h29 in the early hours of Sunday morning as they were entering Otjiwarongo.

The two men were found with a sum of N.dollars 8 900 and two pistols.

Their light blue Toyota Runx sedan was then impounded immediately at the Otjiwarongo Police Station.

According to Mbeha one of the pistols had fresh blood stains.

Mbeha said the suspect and his accomplice will be transported back to the Ohangwena Region where a murder case was opened.

They are expected to appear in court this week Tuesday.

Police investigations continue.