Thursday, May 30, 2024

Police promise P50 000 reward for missing officer

It is more than three months since the mysterious disappearance of Botswana Police Service officer sergeant Shadreck Olopeng and his employer is clueless about his whereabouts.

A reward of about P50 000 has been issued by the police calling on those with information that might lead to his whereabouts to come forward.

Family spokesperson Keaboka Hill said it was disheartening that up to date Olopeng has not been found.

He explained that the family is unhappy about the way the police were conducting their investigations.

“We strongly believe that the police have not put in place enough manpower to find their own colleague. If they had put more effort they could have located his whereabouts,” said Hill.

According to Hill, the other issue is that the police’s consultation with the family is very limited and they have not met with the whole family instead they speak with only one person and the family believes it is not fair to them.

He said the family is now divided about the matter as some family members have different opinions on what should be done to assist on his search.

Hill added that some people have found an opportunity to drain their funds and cattle as they promise that they can trace the whereabouts of their missing relative.

Police spokesperson Assistant Police Commissioner Witness Bosija has confirmed that they will reward anybody who could come forward with  information that can lead them to the whereabouts of sergeant Olopeng with an amount of P50 000.

“As the police we are doing our best to find our own officer who has been missing almost four months now,” he said.

He said the reward does not mean that as the police they have failed but rather it is part of the initiative to show how serious they are about the matter.

“We will not rest until we get to the bottom of the matter therefore Botswana Police is still optimistic that he will be found alive,” he said.

Olopeng aged 48, from Mabumahibidu ward in Bobonong had been on two days leave and was expected to report for duty on March 29th.


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