posted by www.equatorialguineaonline.com
THE police have offered a staggering E150 000 cash reward for information that will lead to the arrest and prosecution of the person who stole money from Equatorial Guinea minister.
Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Teodoro Ngu-ema Obiang Mangue had his E2.9 million hard cash stolen at his villa at the five-star Royal VillaS last Monday, where he was said to have hosted a party.
He was staying at the Sultan Villa. He was in the country on a state visit, where he attended the opening of the Swaziland International Trade Fair and Reed Dance ceremony as a special guest to His Majesty King Mswati III.
At a press conference, Police Commissioner Isaac Magagula announced that they were putting forward E150 000 cash reward for the person who can have all critical information about the theft.
The money stolen was in a black L.V briefcase.
In the briefcase there was US 300 000 dollars (E2.1million) which was in denominations of US$100.There was also 75 000 Euros (E750 000), which was in denominations of 500 Euros and had serial numbers in the range of KD45730966112.
There were also two Piaget wrist watches valued at 800 and 600 Euros (between E6 000 and E8 000 locally).
According to the police there were also personal documents and items of huge financial and sentimental value. However, all combined it is way below the E17.5 million reported in some quarters.
Magagula said the police force put up the cash reward in view of the high profile nature of this case, particualry its implications on the bilateral relations between Swaziland and the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.
“The cash reward will be given to any individual who might have information that could lead to the speedy resolve of this matter. In particular, information in the arrest and prosecution of the culprits and recovery of stolen items (briefcase and its contents),” he said.
He said confidentiality and anonymity of any person offering information will be respected where requested.
Asked on whether the minister has declared the millions upon entry, he was non committal and said the law said money should be declared.
Banks asked to be vigilant
POLICE have appealed to financial and banking institutions to be vigilant.
Police Commissioner Isaac Magagula appealed to banking institutions to assist the ongoing investigations by being vigilant and alert police whenever the stolen money comes to their attention.
He said they were not only asking financial institutions to be alert but also retailers and other business entities, hotels and other facilities in the hospitality industry, Customs, Revenue Authority and Immigration officials at the ports of entry and exit.
Magagula said the incident had put the country in bad light, which would be a major blow to the tourism industry.
He said this undermined the concerted efforts of the country to stimulate economic recovery and vibrancy.
“Until and unless the culprit has been brought to book, the general public and business community out there are potential victims of the same misdemeanour and hence all the reason to join hands with the police in their investigations,” he said. Magagula advised the culprit(s) to surrender to the police or devise means to return the stolen items. He said it was only the right thing to do because the arm of the law cannot be eluded.
Stolen items in black briefcase:
US$ 300 000 (E2, 1 million)
Euros 75 000 (E750 000)
Two Piaget watches one worth 800 Euros
Watch worth 600 Euros
Documents of financial and sentimental value
Police Commissioner’s Team of Investigators:
Senior Supt. Mike Zwane (Team Leader) – 7606 4027
Supt. Sonyezane Dlamini (Deputy Team Leader) -7606 8863
Executive Command Level:
Police Commissioner Isaac Magagula – 7606 2300
Deputy Commissioner (Administration) Sipho Dlamini – 7606 2301
Deputy Commissioner (Operations) Khisimusi Ndlovu – 7606 2302
Police PRO Senior Supt. Wendy Hleta – 7606 2312
Deputy PRO Ass.Supt Steven Dlamini – 76117540
Confidential Line – 2404 6373/999