Saturday, October 16, 2021

NDB officers arrested for selling hard drugs at work

National Development Bank (NDB) has suspended from duty two of its employees for peddling drugs at their work place.

One of the suspended employees is based in Gaborone while the other one is at Maun.

This has raised fears that drug dealing at NDB might be a widespread and pervasive problem.

A Botswana Police team from the Narcotics Investigations Unit last week got a tip off that led to them raiding the NDB Head Office.

All the employees were closed in for searching where the illegal substances were confiscated.

Botswana Police Deputy Officer Commanding Alban John Morapedi confirmed the incident adding that investigations are on-going. He stated that the seized items could be either cocaine or heroin but could not reveal the quantities of the drugs.

Police are awaiting results from the laboratories.

Morapedi added that the suspected drugs are in form of cubes.

  It is suspected that a Gaborone based NDB officer had used the bank’s official car to transport the contraband to Maun where it was received by a junior NDB officer on behalf of an external party.

Morapedi stated that a total of four people are currently linked to this incident.

“The suspects have been released on bail. And they will be appearing before the court of law for trial,” said Morapedi.

NDB head of Branding, Marketing and Communications Harry Marks confirmed the incident.

He said he was not in a position to divulge any further details.

“The bank continues to embark on a culture transformation journey of which the main focus is to ensure that the bank has the right staff that demonstrates a high level performance.”

He said there was need to urgently remove those that do not fall in this category.

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