Seventeen male suspects with various offences have escaped from lawful custody at Kabwe Central Police station.
Police Spokesperson, Rae Hamoonga, said the 17 suspects escaped on November 5, 2023 around 23 hours.
Hamoonga said this in a statement issued in Lusaka on Monday and made available to Zambia Monitor.
“Kabwe Central Station recorded a report of escape from lawful Custody November 5, 2023 at 23:00 hours. A police officer of Kabwe Central Police reported on behalf of the state that seventeen male suspects who were detained in police cells for various offences,” he said.
Hamoonga identified the escapees as Alfred Changwe facing a charge for theft, Shadrick Mushitima for Trafficking in Psychotropic substances, Nakeleti Phiri facing a charge for Trafficking in Psychotropic substances, and Charles Shafungwa facing a charge for stock theft.
He said others were Webster Nkubika facing a charge for stock theft, Newton Kaseba facing a charge for stock theft, John Mulenga facing a charge for stock theft, Pathias Mungoni facing a charge for theft by servant and Peter Daka facing a charge for theft.
On the list were also Japhet Kangwa facing a charge for theft, Robby Mulenga facing a charge for theft, Mwanza Paul facing a charge for assault, Andrew Shambakele facing a charge for Breaking into a building and committing a felony, James Banda facing a charge for theft, Hamoonga said.
He said others were Venious Zimba facing multiple charges for house breaking and theft, Kapembwa Kamailo facing a charge for burglary and theft and Wishes Chupi facing a charge for Theft.
Hamoonga said police were alerted by a suspect who was detained in a different cell compartment.
“The police cells have two compartments with one having 23 suspects at the time of the incident, while the other where the prison break took place had 25 suspects and only eight remained in custody,” he said.
Hamoonga noted that the suspects escaped after cutting the burglar bars of the rear vents and that Police had launched a manhunt for the escapees.
“As Zambia Police Service we are dedicated to ensuring the safety and security of the public, and we are committed to bringing these escapees to justice. However, we cannot do it without the help of the public,” he said.
Hamoonga said officers were working tirelessly to locate and apprehend the escapees, but would rely on vigilant citizens to assist in the endeavour.
He said citizens cooperation was essential in ensuring that the escapees were quickly and safely returned to custody.
“By working together, we can help protect our community and prevent any potential harm that might arise from their continued freedom,” Hamoonga said.
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