Family of killed robbery suspect speaks

Erikki ‘Akawa’ Martin

A family member of one of the five robbery suspects killed by the police at Okahandja on Tuesday has confirmed his death and that he was part of the group of men shot dead.

The Namibian contacted the family after a death notice for Erikki ‘Akawa’ Martin (29) was posted on social media.

A cousin of Martin, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed that Martin was among the five men shot at Okahandja on Tuesday night.

“We heard it on the news and we went to the mortuary to confirm, it was him, Erikki Akawa Martin,” he said.

He added that something was not adding up and said the police knew what they were doing.

“The police killed them, how could you follow someone from Windhoek and not warn the police at Okahandja or even at the roadblock, if they knew they were going to rob [a gambling house]?”

The police are yet to release an official crime report on the incident.

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