Police Arrest Key Suspect in Murder of Chillies Restaurant Manager

This photo was taken on the fateful day when the manager was found dead inside the restaurant (FILE PHOTO)

Kiira Road Police station has arrested the prime suspect responsible for the murder of Isaac Omugur, the former manager of Chilies Fast Foods and Takeaway Restaurant in Ntinda, a Kampala suburb.

Kampala Metropolitan police deputy spokesperson, Mr. Luke Owoyesigyire identified the suspect as Nelson Victor Ofwono alias Octopus.

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Police say the suspect was picked up from his hideout in Katooke Division in Nansana Municipality, Wakiso District.

Mugga’s lifeless body was found lying in a pool of blood in the restaurant on March 13, 2021, after he was allegedly attacked and stabbed by his assailants. Neighbours could not tell who had killed Mugga since they did not find anyone at the crime scene.

Chillies Restaurant in Ntinda where the deceased was found murdered

Workers at the restaurant told detectives that they had left Mugga balancing books in the evening before closing for the day. But to their shock, they found the restaurant wide open and Mugga’s lifeless body lying adjacent to his office.

As police were trying to figure out who was behind the murder, a neighbour, whose Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras had captured a man with a masked face entering the premises provided footage.

Upon getting the footage, police interrogated the workers and it was established that Mugga had a day earlier relieved Ofwono of his duties since the restaurant wasn’t making enough money because of the restrictions and curfew caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Detectives at Kira Road backed by crime intelligence launched a hunt for Ofwono who was picked up on Tuesday from his newly rented room in Nansana Municipality.

Owoyesigyire said police tracked the deceased’s telephone signals until they reached his hideout.

“The police has been following clues that were captured by the CCTV cameras and it’s upon those clues that the suspect was arrested from his rented house in Katooke zone B, Nansana Municipality,” he said.

Upon interrogation, the suspect confessed to killing Isaac since he was demanding him Shs400, 000 salary which he (Mugga) had failed to pay after he (Octopus) was sacked.

Ofwono admitted that he took Shs300, 000 from the table where Isaac was balancing the books after studying him for some time. He also took Shs20, 000 from his pocket and two phones.

Police are handling the case on Reference number CRB 266/2021. The Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) recorded 342 killings by stabbing in 2020. This means a person was stabbed to death almost every day.

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