The High Court in Lilongwe has granted bail to Christopher Naphiyo, a Malawi police officer who was arrested in connection with the murder of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Director of Corporate Affairs Issa Njauju.
Naphiyo, 43, a police criminal investigator based at police headquarters in Lilongwe was arrested in December last year and became a second suspect in the brutal murder of Njauju.
Confirming the development, national police spokesperson Nicholas Gondwa said Naphiyo has been released on bail by the high court.
“The suspect was taken to court in December and he was remanded to one of our prisons but he has been released on bail by the high court,” said Gondwa.
In the process of investigating the murder of the ACB official, police arrested Frank John as the first suspect and charged him with murder after he was found with Njauju’s mobile phone.
The late Njauju went missing on July 2, 2015 and his body was discovered two days later behind Presidential Villas in the capital Lilongwe. Post- mortem results revealed that Njauju’s body had bullet wounds on the neck and stomach.
His official vehicle was later found burnt along Ntandire Road within the city.