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In the space of a week, police in the Vanduzi district of Manica province have detained two youngsters impersonating police officers.
The individuals fell into the corporation’s hands in different circumstances after being reported by residents as possessing uniforms and other police equipment and using them to commit crimes.
According to AIM, one of the detainees was a member of the Defence Forces of Mozambique (FADM), demobilised in 2005. He is Jorge Jeque, 34 years old, who once belonged to the Marines force.
He posed as a member of the border guard unit to practice extortion in Vanduzi district and other surrounding regions.
He was caught on a public highway wearing the police uniform, which he claimed to have acquired in 2005 while still attached to naval forces.
“I acquired the uniform when I was still in the army. I kept it in my house because I like it. Some days ago, after consuming alcohol, I dressed up and was found by the police. I’ve never committed a crime. I just like the uniform, that’s all.”
Speaking on Tuesday, Vandúzi, PRM’s spokeswoman in Manica, Elsídia Filipe, said that the two individuals had been reported by the public.
“They informed us that some individuals were dressing up as policemen. We did an investigation to figure out who they were and found out that they were impersonating police officers. We investigated and, a few days ago, seized one. We found the uniform in his home,” she said.
“The same week we captured the second one, walking along on a public thoroughfare. The first one has already been sent to court. For the latter, a case has been drawn up and is following procedures,” she added.
In another development, Elisídia Filipe revealed that the police had detained a citizen in possession of fifty homemade pans made of aluminium thought to have been stolen from Empresa Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM).
“At the moment, we are investigating whether this cookware is made from stolen material, and the man is in our police unit helping with enquiries. If it proves not to be a robbery, he will be released. The idea is to try to stop the theft of cables and other electrical material,” Filipe said.Source: Rádio Moçambique