Bank employee on the run after N$200m theft

Nico Hijendepi Rebebe

Bank Windhoek employee Nico Hijendepi Rebebe is on the run after allegedly stealing N$200 million from the bank.

The theft took place at Opuwo at about 11h00 on Saturday, when the 30-year-old suspect allegedly transferred N$200 million into two bank accounts in tranches of N$100 million each.

This is according to a police crime report released on Sunday.

The transfer of the money is alleged to have been done without the authorisation of the bank manager at Opuwo.

According to the bank manager, the two accounts to which the money was transferred were opened on 20 December last year.

The suspect disappeared after leaving the bank and has not been arrested.

The police are investigating the matter. Bank Windhoek spokesperson Samuel Linyondi asked for questions to be sent to him yesterday in connection with the incident. The Namibian will update this story on our various platforms when he responds.

Meanwhile, at Swakopmund, a decapitated foetus was discovered in a rubbish skip at the Tulinawa area on Friday.

The discovery was made by a member of the public who was picking through the contents of the skip.

According to a report issued by Erongo police spokesperson warrant officer Anastasia Frans following an enquiry from The Namibian, the foetus, estimated to be around four to five months old, was found in a state of decomposition, wrapped in a plastic bag from a local shop.

The detached head of the foetus was also found in the same bag, Frans reported.

Frans said the matter is being investigated as a case of concealment of birth or possibly murder.

No suspects have been arrested at this stage.

The police are urging anyone with information related to the matter to come forward. Detective warrant officer Cletus Kabuku can be reached at 081 391 0671 and detective chief inspector Selma Shangula at 081 667 6820.

Meanwhile, Friday saw the arrest of a Zimbabwean national (25) at about 11h30 at Kanovlei village at Tsumkwe West in the Otjozondjupa region.

The suspect was apprehended after police action found him in possession of 42 parcels of cannabis.

The parcels weigh 27,8kg and are valued at N$27 809.

The suspect will appear in the Grootfontein Magistrate’s Court today.

Police investigations continue.

In similar instances, three Namibian locals were found dealing and in possession of dependence producing substances.

On Friday at about 09h35 at a house in Soetdoringlaagte in the Stampriet area, a Namibian male suspect (25) was arrested after he was found in the house while busy packing skunk cannabis.

The suspect was found with 150 bankies of skunk cannabis, two parcels of skunk cannabis and loose skunk cannabis.
The value has not yet been determined.

Police investigations continue.

A Namibian male suspect (36) was arrested on Friday at around 20h05 on the C-14 road, about six kilometres outside MaltahÖhe in southern Namibia, after he was found in possession of three balies of pure cannabis and one quarter of a suspected mandrax tablet during police action.

The value of the goods has not yet been determined.

The suspect is expected to appear in the MaltahÖhe Magistrate’s Court today.

On Friday, at around 12h03 at the Onandjaba charge office of the Okalongo constituency, a Namibian male suspect (35) was found in possession of one bankie of skunk cannabis weighing 30 grams and valued at N$1 500, as well as 40 sticks of Yes Cigarettes valued at N$80 during a police search.

The suspect is an inmate at Onandjaba police holding cells and is expected to appear in the Outapi Magistrate’s Court today.

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