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Mobile money agent arrested for faking abduction

A TWENTY-SIX-YEAR-OLD man of Lusaka has been detained for theft by servant and giving false information to a public officer.

Mike Banda, a mobile money agent allegedly told police officers that he was bashed by a vehicle and later abducted by five men.

Mr Banda further told officers that the five men took him hostage and was dropped off in Chisamba District after stealing his money amounting to K18,000.

However, after investigations, it has been discovered that there was no abduction.

Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga told Mwebantu in a statement that after losing the money for his employer, Banda took a journey to Chisamba District where he lodged a false report.

“On April 24,2022 at 15:00 hours Lusaka Central Police station received a Docket of case of Abduction from Chisamba Police Station where the accused a Mobile Money Agent Mike Banda aged 26 of unmarked house number in Chaisa compound had reported that on April,20 2022 at 18:00 hours whilst walking home was bashed by an unidentified Grey Toyota Prado along Manchinchi road in Northmead of Lusaka and later Abducted by five men who took hostage of him until April 22, 2022 at 17:00 hours when he was dropped off in Chisamba District after stealing his money amounting to K18,000,” he said.

Mr Hamoonga said police took time to interview both Banda and his employer Richard Zulu of house number 16 Lusiwasi road in Kalundu of Lusaka aged 34 and discovered that was no abduction that took place.

Mr Hamoonga has warned that police will not condone those taking advantage of the current abductions currently under investigations.

“We would like to warn all those with criminal minds that want to take advantage of the matter we are currently actively investigating by faking abductions that we are equal to the task of uncovering their falsehoods,” he said.

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