The criminals who raided Nkulumane police station in the early hours of Wednesday morning made away with six guns from the stations gun cabinet: two FN rifles, two AK rifles and two pistols.
According to police sources, armed criminals stormed the station when night duty officers were about to knock off at 6am.
“Police officers at Nkulumane police station who were on night duty at the time of the incident have been arrested,” an informed police source said.
The raid which comes amid rising armed robbery cases in Bulawayo follows has raised questions over how armed robbers obtain fire-arms despite government claims that it has tightened its fire-arm licensing processes.
Another police officer who refused to be named added: “We were informed about the incident this (Wednesday) morning by Superintendent Mashamba during our daily morning briefings at Cabs Building in Bulawayo.
“Mashamba said the armed criminals stormed the charge office when the officers in the early hours of morning and took away six guns.”
Senior Assistant Commissioner, Wayne Bvudzijena when contacted for comment could neither confirm nor deny, preferring only to say that he will investigate the matter. But later he was not reachable as his mobile phone was off.
Superintendent Oliver Mandipaka also “said he was investigating the issue.” But he was also no longer reachable for comment.
The raid at Nkulumane police station – the first of its kind in a long time – comes only weeks after Police Commissioner, Augustine Chihuri indicated that police had adopted a ‘shoot and kill’ policy when confronted by armed criminals.
Chihuri had expressed concern over the upsurge in armed robbery cases. According to police statistics, Bulawayo leads the pack in armed robbery cases.