The Crime Intelligence Directorate of Police has put in custody three people suspected of kidnapping a four-year-old boy and later demanding shs50 million in ransom in order to release him.
According to Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, the atrocious incident happened on August, 2 at Wamala, in Nansana Municipality when Simon Ssenyonjo, 4, was kidnapped from his mother’s workplace as he was playing outside.
“The suspects demanded a ransom of shs50 million from Mudiima Kityo, the father of the victim in order to release him. He however could only raise shs1 million and deposited it to the suspects’ phone number,” said Owoyesigyire.
He said that after the family reported the matter to the police, operatives from the Crime Intelligence Directorate followed leads after the suspects left behind evidence leading to their arrest.
“An operation was mounted yesterday and suspects identified as Katongole Hakim, Mawanda James, and Asiimwe Anna Maria from Busabala B village, Makindye Division, were arrested and the victim rescued,” he said.
He said at the crime scene, a motorcycle registration number UFH 412D that the suspects allegedly used to transport the victim to their hideout in Busaabala was also recovered.
According to Owoyesigyire, the suspects will soon be arraigned in courts of law.
Owoyesigyire said the victim was rescued and reunited with his parents on Thursday afternoon.