A GOKWE North truck driver has been remanded in custody for allegedly kidnapping a police officer who had arrested him at a roadblock for violating road traffic regulations.
The policeman had arrested and ordered the driver, Tinashe Mpofu (24), to drive the truck with him to the police station to process his arrest papers, but he instead drove to his residence.
Mpofu, of Chief Nenyongwa’s area, was not asked to plead to a kidnapping charge when he appeared before Gokwe resident magistrate Shepherd Mjanja on Saturday and he was remanded in custody to May 2.
The court heard that on April 25 at around 11.30am, the police officer, Bigboy Nezanda, based at Chitekete Police Station, was among officers manning a roadblock along the Gokwe-Siabuwa Road.
Mpofu got to the roadblock driving a Nissan diesel lorry bearing old number plates and Nezanda informed him that he had committed an offence by driving an unlicenced vehicle as he had failed to change to the new registration plates.
Nezanda then ordered Mpofu to drive the vehicle to the police station under his [Nezanda’s] escort.
However, Mpofu drove to his residence about eight kilometres from the roadblock.
Suspecting foul play, the other three officers who were manning the roadblock with Nezanda made a follow-up and found them at Mpofu’s residence, leading to his arrest.