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Fifteen Republic of Mozambique police officers have been expelled from the ranks in the province of Niassa for offenses undermining the corporation’s position.
They are accused of crimes include facilitating the escape of a dangerous person and systematic abandonment of their employment without the proper authorisation of their superiors in order to provide protection services in a private company, among others.
The most recent cases are the result of an analysis of disciplinary and criminal proceedings against 30 PRM agents, of whom 15 were expelled from the corporation in the last 15 months at Niassa provincial level.
Data indicates that 13 of the expelled agents were assigned to the Border Police, and the decision was precipitated because there was sufficient evidence of the constant practice of abandoning a duty post for a prolonged period without due authorisation.
Two others who were assigned to the Protection Police branch were expelled for providing the keys to handcuffs placed on a dangerous person on his way to interrogation, thereby facilitating his escape. The man remains at large.
The other police agent received the maximum penalty for having abandoned his post in order to go drinking in a ‘barraca’ in Lichinga city, a scenario which ended with him getting involved in an argument and knifing another man, resulting in serious injuries.
Alves Mathe, spokesman for the PRM provincial command in Niassa, said that the Border Police agents branch who had left their posts to provide services to third parties without authorisation would also face criminal proceedings.
Meanwhile, police in Niassa report that the population lynched an alleged criminal in Cuamba’s Rimbane neighbourhood last Monday, while another man, thought to have been about to rob a motorcycle taxi driver at gunpoint in Lichinga city’s Ntoto neighbourhood, narrowly escaped a similar fate.Source: Folha de Maputo
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