Crime

15 arrested in major crackdown on criminality in Namugongo, Kyalijawala areas

Wakiso, (UG):- At least 15 individuals suspected to be hardcore criminals in Kira Municipality are in police custody following their arrest in an intelligence-led operation carried out by the Kira Division Police over the weekend amidst increased criminality in the Kampala metropolitan.

The Kampala Metropolitan Police Deputy Spokesperson Mr Luke Owoyesigyire confirmed the report on Monday and said the operation, which took place in Nsawo zone, Kyaliwajala ward, Namugongo Division in Wakiso District was in response to the recent increase in reported criminal activities in the area.

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“In response to the recent increase in reported criminal activities, the territorial police at Kira Division have successfully carried out an intelligence-led operation today, resulting in the arrest of 15 suspected hardcore criminals,” Mr Owoyesigyire said.

He identified the suspects as; Syino Michael, Katumba Ashraf alias Cobler (a known serial offender), Hassan Esere, Abeneko Olowo, Emmanuel Karma, Safari Yona, Bukenya Mudasiru, Mudu Salim, Sekandi Mustafa.

Others are; Stanley Kikawa, Ronald Kabuye, Enock Vumbi, John Nuwe, Benjamin Sali and Godfrey Kyasanku.

According to Mr Owoyesigyire, police also recovered suspected narcotic substances and house-breaking implements during the operation, and assured the public that more details would be provided as they become available.

“During the operation, suspected narcotic substances and house-breaking implements were recovered. These operations are part of our ongoing efforts to ensure security as we gear up for the celebrations of Martyrs’ Day,” he noted.

“More details will be provided as soon as possible. These operations are part of our ongoing efforts to ensure security as we gear up for the celebrations of Martyrs Day.”

Mr Owoyesigyire says that these decisive actions by the police not only disrupt criminal networks but also send a strong message about the consequences of engaging in illegal activities.

Furthermore, he encouraged the community to continue cooperating with law enforcement by reporting suspicious activities, which will aid in further enhancing security.

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