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State House aide, NRM advisor, remanded for robbing millions from Nigerian businessman

State House Aide, Harriet Komuhimbo (L) and Reagan Ahabwe (R) in court on Friday, November 23, 2023. They will return to court this week on Wednesday November 29, for further mention. (Photo/BukeddeOnline)

Kampala, (UG): The Court in Kampala has sent to Luzira prison a State House Private Secretary and a political advisor for the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party over the aggravated robbery of millions of shillings from a Nigerian national.

The duo identified as Harriet Akiiki Komuhimbo, 39, and Reagan Ahabwe, 31, were on Friday, November 24, 2023, arraigned before Mwanga II Road Court Magistrate Adams Byarugaba and charged with criminal trespass contrary to Section 2 of the Penal Code Act.

Court heard from state prosecution that the suspects, together with others at large were arrested on November 16, after they reportedly raided the home of a Nigerian National identified as Augustine Onwunche Nnamdi in Kikandwa Zone, Lungujja in Rubaga Division, and robbed him of his money.

A source who witnessed the incident told SundayVision that the group who were being escorted by an armed man accused Nnamdi of selling adulterated cosmetics and asked him for a shs20m bribe to resolve the matter on mutual grounds.

“They were in the company of an armed man and they then demanded for a shs20m bribe in order not to escalate the matter. Nnamdi decided to give them the money, and in the process, he opened up one of the bags the group saw a lot of money. They decided to grab his bag and then fled the house,” the source is quoted as having told the newspaper, adding that after they fled, Nnamdi opened up a case of robbery against them.

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On the spot. Harriet Komuhimbo, a Private Secretary at the State House

DailyExpress has learnt from SHACU sources that Komuhimbo, a State House aide was first arrested and detained at Jinja Road Police Station last week on Monday, and she was on Tuesday whisked to the Criminal Investigations Directorate in Kibuli for further questioning.

It is from here that detectives took her for a search to recover the stolen money and the gun said to have been used in the heist.

During the search process, detectives recovered a brand new Subaru vehicle from her residence, which was impounded on suspicion that it may have been purchased from the proceeds of the crime.

The suspects through their lawyers; Akram Matovu and Precious Ahabwe asked the court to be granted bail, but Adams Byarugaba, the Presiding Magistrate at Mwanga II Road Court declined their request and remanded them until Wednesday, November 29, 2023, when they will reappear in court for further mention.

However, SHACU, who are jointly investigating the matter with police revealed that the criminal trespass was just the ‘tip of the iceberg’ as the duo are likely to be slapped with more charges when they return to court this week.

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Further investigations revealed that Komuhinbo is a subject of an investigation by the anti-corruption body over harassing several other investors and defrauding them of their money.

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