Oshakati businessman loses N$6 million to thieves

Police in Oshana region last month arrested three suspects after they allegedly stole N$6 million from the vehicle of Oshakati-based businessman Shamil Dirk.

Dirk runs a transportation company, Samco Import and Export CC.

Oshana police head of investigations deputy commissioner Theophilus Kamati told The Namibian yesterday that the money was stolen from Dirk’s vehicle while at his house at Ongwediva.

The alleged theft took place between 30 and 31 March.

According to Oshana police spokesperson inspector Thomas Aiyambo, the police did not report the matter to the media because he was not aware of the theft.

The matter only came into the limelight after a tip was shared on social media on Wednesday.

However, the case of theft out of a motor vehicle was only registered at the Ongwediva Police Station on 2 April.

According to Kamati, the three suspects – Frans Gold Kutyowa, Henock Teofelus and Wilbard Teddy Nangombe – appeared in the Oshakati Magistrate’s Court and are due to make their second appearance next week.

“We have two different figures. The first figure was N$800 000 and the second was R6 million,” he said.

Kamati urged members of the public to stop carrying large amounts of money.

“Money should be kept in the bank,” Kamati said.

Sources close to the matter told The Namibian yesterday that the heist was an inside job.

Dirk refused to comment on the matter when contacted this week.

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