UPDF soldier arrested over mobile money robbery in Maganjo

The star pistol with 8 rounds of ammunition found in posesssion with the arrested UPDF officer

Wakiso, (UG): A decisive intelligence-led operation carried out on Monday, January 8, has led to the arrest of two suspects including a UPDF soldier for involvement in an aggravated robbery in Maganjo A Zone, Maganjo Parish, Nabweru Sub-County, Wakiso District.

Kampala Metropolitan Police Deputy Spokesperson Mr Luke Owoyesigyire identified the suspects as Robert Kyaligonza, a UPDF officer and Elia Ssekyanzi who were found red-handed carrying a bag, suspected to be containing sums of stolen money.

“The operation unfolded when vigilant officers noticed the suspects carrying a bag suspected to contain stolen money. Despite attempts to evade arrest, the officers successfully detained the individuals,” Mr Owoyesigyire noted.

He added; “During the arrest, Kyaligonza Robert was found in possession of a star pistol with 8 rounds of ammunition.”

Investigations revealed that the duo invaded Polymath Investments, an Airtel branch in Maganjo, around 10 am. The perpetrators, at gunpoint, coerced the workers, Muwonge Eddy and Nanteza Christine, into surrendering all cash on the premises, resulting in the theft of six hundred thousand shillings.

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“Fortunately, the suspects were intercepted by officers from Katale Police Station as they attempted to dispose of the stolen items, en route to the police station,” Owoyesigyire stated, adding that “Kyaligonza Robert, previously implicated in a theft case, has now been taken into custody by UPDF.”

Police said the suspects will be investigated for allegations of aggravated robbery, and the firearm recovered has been exhibited by the forensic expert team to ascertain whether it has appeared in any previously reported crimes involving the use of a gun.

Meanwhile, the team at Kawempe Police Division has also identified the victims of the robbery case, and their statements have been taken to aid in the ongoing investigations.

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“The police urge the public to cooperate and provide any relevant information that may assist in concluding these investigations.”

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