Suspects caught with 50 billion Zim dollars, linked with Mwanga bank robbery
By Arusha Times Correspondent
Two suspects in a bank raid in Kilimanjaro region two years ago during which millions of shillings was grabbed and a policeman killed have been apprehended.
Goodluck Elias "Cheupe" and Paul Onesmo were arrested by the police in Manyara region for a different offence but were immediately transferred to Moshi after they were linked to the robbery.
The Manyara regional police commander Parmena Sumary said the two had been among the most sought after criminals in the northern zone regions.
They are suspected to have been part of the heavily armed gunmen who raided the NMB branch at Mwanga on July 11, 2007 during which some Sh. 234 million was grabbed.
A policeman who was guarding the bank Michael Milanzi was killed. Police later shot to death one Kenyan who was suspected to have been part of the gang during a chase near Moshi.
Incidentally the two were recently nabbed by the law enforcers in Babati with 50 billion Zimbabwe dollars and two ATM cards issued by the NBC Limited.
One of the cards bore the name of one Minja E.W and had serial Nos 42442600031367226 while another 4244260006077752 carried the name of Mamiro, G.E.
Both ATM cards had the picture of one of the suspects Goodluck Elias. He was also found with a passport which showed he traveled frequently to Kenya and Burundi.
The RPC hinted that their arrest could be a major breakthrough against armed criminals in Manyara district, recently hit by highway ambushes.
Following the 2007 bank robbery, several people were arrested and charged in court including eleven Tanzanians and an unspecified number of Kenyans.
Some of the suspects, including two Kenyanss, were arrested in Arusha region. A case has is in progress at the Moshi court over the Mwanga bank heist.
Police recover arms from bandits
By Our Correspondent
Police in Arusha have impounded nine firearms in an operation to curb crime and recover arms that are illegally owned. The operation was conducted in Ngorongoro and Arusha districts between May 7 and August 7 this year.
According to the Arusha Regional Police Commander Basilio Matei, on August 5 Police were tipped off by informants of the whereabouts of a seasoned armed gangster Adinani Oloshilo (35) residing at Lemugulu Masusu in Pinyinyi village.
Oloshilo was found with a sub machine gun numbered 172320 with two magazines on the roof of his house.
One of the magazines had 30 rounds of ammunition while the other had 15.
The RPC said other firearms were surrendered including a rifle number 6625 with no ammunition.
In the whole operation Police collected four sub machine guns, one rifle, two pistols, 429 rounds of ammunition of SMG, 10 rounds of ammunition of a rifle and10 rounds of ammunition of hand guns.
Meanwhile, several people suspected of planning to commit crime were arrested on August 6 in the municipality of Arusha.
RPC Matei mentioned the netted suspects as Deogratias William (28) a resident of Mererani and Mohamed Msilu (28) a resident of Mbauda.
William is said to had been jailed 30 years in 2004 on armed robbery charges but was set free on appeal.
The RPC said Police were
still going on with their sweep and called for cooperation from the public as
the suspects lived with the in the neighborhoods.
Temeke NMB robbery suspects arrested in Arusha
By Happy Lazaro
Police in Arusha have arrested 3 suspected seasoned armed robbers at Engutoto area on August 10 at 3:30pm after a tip-off from informants.
According to Arusha’s Regional Police Commander, Basilio Matei; the suspects were out on a mission to rob a cash transfer vehicle that was coming to Arusha from Serengeti National Park.
The RPC said while the bandits were awaiting to stage the raid, they were ambushed by policemen and apprehended.
The RPC said the suspects could be the some of those who robbed the NMB at Temeke in Dar es Salaam recently.
He mentioned them as: Antony Jeremiah Hamis alias Matonya (30) resident of Dodoma, Obadia John Mwaihoba alias Gaboo (23) a resident of Esso area in Arusha and Deogratias Emmanuel Massawe alias Frank (30) resident of Mbuyuni Moshi.
The RPC said Obadia John had been jailed in 2007 but was released on appeal. He said Antony Hamis, was the group master mind and was housing the other collegues in his house.
The police chief explained that the trio would be transferred to Dar es Salaam to answer charges connected with the NMB robbery soon investigations in Arusha were over.
Meanwhile another suspect, Charles Mlay (35) a resident of Sakina is in police hands on suspicion of robbing Lemali Vayari William (36) of gemstones plus Tshs. 12million in cash.
The suspect is said to have been involved in the robbery incident at OTTU building two years ago. Police investigations led to Mlay arrest and would be arraigned in court soon after their dossier was complete.
Last week police in Sumbawanga claimed that they had arrested suspects involved in the Temeke bank robbery only to be cleared of the offense a few days later.
Man stabbed to death during drinking spree
By Happy Lazaro
A man known by one name of Regi is in Police custody on alleged murder of a drinking mate in beer outlet at midnight August 8 this year in Karatu.
According to the Arusha Regional Police Commander Basilio Matei, Regi was having drinks with a friend, Emmanuel Paul (28) when a raw broke out between them.
Regi drew a knife and stabbed Paul on the side causing a fatal injury.
Paul died as he was being rushed to hospital for treatment.
Regi remains in custody as Police investigations continue before be appears in court to answer murder charges.