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Ex-UPDF soldier turned ADF rebel arrested in Buyende

Buyende, (UG):- Joint task security authorities in Buyende District have arrested one Ndalike Hassan Mustafa, a former Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) soldier over his alleged involvement and connection with the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels in the eastern DR Congo.

Ndalike who deserted the UPDF in 2016 and joined the ADF rebel ranks, under Ali Isma, an ADF Commander was arrested by the Joint Anti-Terrorism Task Force (JAAT) after he sneaked back into the country with the intention of carrying out an attack in Buyende.

“The JATT, in coordination with the District Security Committee, in Buyende district, arrested one Ndalike Hassan Mustafa, alias Wakwima Dirian, a former soldier, who deserted the UPDF in 2016, and joined the ADF rebel ranks, under Ali Isma, an ADF Commander,” Mr Enanga Fred, the Police Spokesperson said in a Monday briefing at Naguru Headquarters.

“The suspect was alleged to have sneaked into the country around February 2024 and had threatened to attack concertgoers and revellers at a music show in Ikanda sub-county, Buyende district,” Enanga added.

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According to Mr Enanga, Police’s vigilance and swift action of the security forces ensured that no potential threat was neutralized without any harm coming to the public. He added that the suspect was handed over to CMI for further management.

Mr Enanga explained that Ndalika’s arrest shows betrayal does not pay and further underscores the unwavering commitment of the JATT and all territorial units, to identifying and holding accountable those who break their oath to protect our nation.

“We cannot tolerate such acts of betrayal of trust, and we continue to encourage all security personnel, past or present, to remain vigilant in our mission to protect and defend our country and its citizens.”

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