The Zambia Cyber Security Task Force, comprising officers from the Zambia Police Service, the Drug Enforcement Commission, and ZICTA, recently conducted a three-day operation in Lusaka. During this operation, they arrested 25 suspected criminals, including three Zimbabwean nationals.
According to Danny Mwale, Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, reports of robberies, theft from individuals, theft from motor vehicles, and scams involving mobile money networks have been on the rise.
In response to this, the Task Force was formed and commenced its operation on October 13, 2023. As a result, they recovered 70 cellular phones, 51 Airtel Simcards, 35 MTN Simcards, and 09 Zamtel Simcards, all suspected to have been stolen and used in various crimes.
The team also confiscated a Toyota Vitz motor vehicle with registration number ALZ 5404, tools used for motor vehicle breaking, various psychotropic substances, and bottles of Benylin cough syrup containing codeine.
Among the suspects, three Zimbabwean nationals were identified: Farai Madzinga, aged 49, Anderson Chilele, aged 43, and Leon Mutuzwa, aged 25. They are believed to be involved in the purchase of stolen cellular phones and laptops, among other activities.
All 25 suspects are currently in police custody, awaiting charges related to offenses such as aggravated robbery, theft from a person, unauthorized access to data, and other relevant charges.