31 August 2011

Tanzania: Police Arrest Hassanol on Theft Allegations

INFLUENTIAL Simba SC member Hassan Othman Hassanol is under police custody with three others in connection with theft of copper worth 400m/-.

Hassanol, who is also the Coast Regional Football Association Chairman, is remanded at the Oysterbay Police Station in Kinondoni municipality, Dar es Salaam Region since Monday.

The former Simba SC Secretary General, who is also the Chairman of the Club Competition Committee, with other three suspects are expected to be brought to the Kisutu Residential Magistrate Court on Friday.

The Acting Kinondoni Regional Police Commander (RPC), Camilius Wambura, confirmed the arrest yesterday, saying Police were still investigating the matter to establish the entire syndicate.

He said police had earlier impounded the stolen copper at a garage in Bahari Beach in Kinondoni municipality on Saturday evening, saying police later discovered that the lorry which carried the minerals was abandoned at External area in Ubungo.

The acting RPC however, declined to name the other suspects because he said, investigation was still ongoing.

Last week the Dar es Salaam Special Zone Police Commander Suleiman Kova announced to launch an operation to track down bandits who steal copper and other goods while on transit.

On Monday, Kova told a press conference that police were holding the mastermind of the copper theft but he denied naming the suspect. "It is too early to mention the suspects since it would interfere with the investigation," noted Kova.

He said legal action would be taken against people conducting such illegal business. Hassanol was beaten by current Simba Chairman Ismail Aden Rage to the post, during the club's general election on May 9, last year at the Police Officers Mess in Dar es Salaam.

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