POLICE DISPELL FALSE STORY ON POLICE LOSING FIRE ARM
Written by newsroom on November 25, 2021
The Zambia Police Service has dispelled a false story making rounds on social media that a police officer lost a firearm whilst on duty at Nelson Mandela Secondary School.
Zambia Police Spokesperson Rae Hamoonga discloses that on 23rd November, 2021, a Grade 12 female pupil was offered a lift by two gentlemen as she was going to write examinations at Nelson Mandela School and after sometime, the two gentlemen who offered her a lift went back to the school complaining of a mobile phone missing from their car.
Mr. Hamoonga reveals that two men found the police officer guarding examination papers and reported the matter to him and he informed the Head Teacher Mrs. Luhanga who advised that the identification of the pupil could only be done at the end of examinations.
The two complainants and the officer later went through the classes and managed to identify the female pupil who denied stealing the phone and when they were going to the classes, the Head Teacher requested that the officer leave the firearm as it would scare the pupils.
The officer left the firearm well secured and only went into the classroom with a magazine and after the female pupil was identified and it was concluded that the officer had lost the firearm.
The Zambia Police has since re-echoed its earlier warning to members of the public not to circulate unverified criminal incident reports as this has a potential to instil fear in the general citizenry, while perpetrator of such falsehoods have been warned to be wary of the law.