By Aminah Tepani Daudi

Police in Mangochi district have arrested Nuru Mustafa, 25, and Noel Maonga, 25, for allegedly breaking into St. Augustine 3 Primary School‘s block and making away with assorted items worth K66.5 million.

The incident occurred in the wee hours of February 5, 2024, within the township.

According to the school’s Headteacher, Mr. Cosmas Chimwaza, during the end of last year, the school received a donation of learning materials, including iPads, headsets, cords, and charger savers from Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) meant for learners’ use.

All along, the items were being kept securely in one of the rooms. On the morning of the said date, after reporting for duties, the reporter discovered that the room had been broken into by unknown criminals who took away 43 iPads, 43 headsets, and charger savers.

Eventually, he reported the matter to Mangochi Police Station, where a team of detectives swiftly responded and successfully arrested the duo on the same day in the afternoon at Chiponde Trading Centre. Both were released from prison in the middle of last year for similar offenses.

The team also recovered 41 iPads out of the stolen items, which have already been identified by the reporter.

Meanwhile, investigations are underway to recover the remaining stolen items.

The duo will appear before court to answer charges of breaking into a building and committing a felony therein, contrary to section 311 of the Penal Code after the completion of paperwork.

Mustafa hails from Mtalimanja village, while Maonga comes from Samama, both in Traditional Authority Mponda in Mangochi.

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