Bank Windhoek clarifies N$2 million Opuwo theft

Bank Windhoek spokesperson Samuel Linyondi has clarified misconceptions surrounding the recent theft at the bank’s Opuwo branch, particularly the amount involved.

The bank’s statement follows the arrest of several people at Opuwo and Rundu linked to the incident this week, although the main suspect, Nico Rebebe, remains at large.

In a press statement on Friday, Linyondi said the theft amounted to N$200 million, however, due to internal controls, the attempt was foiled.

“The actual confirmed loss to the bank, as stated in our previous media statement, amounts to just below N$2 million and could only be confirmed in the days following the incident,” he said.

Given the advanced stage of the investigation, “it would be unwise for Bank Windhoek to disclose further details, which could compromise the ongoing efforts of the police”, Linyondi said.

He added that their primary focus remains on collaborating with the police to ensure “a thorough and successful resolution of the matter”.

Linyondi reminded the public that the bank is offering a reward of N$20 000, facilitated through the police, to anyone with information that will lead to the successful apprehension of the main suspect.

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