Crime

UPDF soldier among three arrested with SMG riffle in sack

The suspects who were travelling on a motorcycle also had in their possession 29 rounds of ammunition and police marine uniforms

Ms Hellen Butoto, the Ssezibwa Region Police Spokesperson confirmed the report (Photo/File)

BUIKWE, UGANDA: The Police at Njeru in Buikwe District are holding three people including a UPDF soldier over illegal possession of firearms and government stores after they were intercepted carrying an SMG gun in a sack.

The suspects have been identified as; Mr Ali Bulumba, 25, Muhammed Mugogo, 42, all residents of Busana Tongolo in Nyenga Division, and the UPDF soldier; Pte Otim Caesar attached to Busana Fisheries Protection Unit.

Ms Hellen Butoto, the Ssezibwa Region Police Spokesperson confirmed the trio’s arrest who she said were intercepted on Thursday after security operatives guarding the bridge on the Njeru side conducted an impromptu check everyone when they noticed a suspicious luggage they were carrying.

Ms Butoto added that the suspects who were travelling on a motorcycle also had in their possession 29 rounds of ammunition and police marine uniforms which the suspects said belonged to one of the officers attached to marine unit.

“Upon checking them, a green sack had an SMG riffle with 29 live ammunition, while laptop bag had two army warm suits, one army tracksuit and one fisheries army uniform trouser,” she said.

When asked why they were carrying a gun in a sack, the suspects claimed that it belonged to a marine officer attached to the Fisheries Protection Unit (FPU) who was camouflaging because of the working conditions he is involved in.

Ms Butoto said the suspects together with a motorcycle and the government stores are currently being held at Njeru Police Station as investigations continue.

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