Crime

Culprits in trending robbery video already jailed at Luzira – Police

Kampala, (UG):- The Kampala Metropolitan Police Thursday clarified that the culprits filmed in the CCTV video circulating on social media regarding a road junction robbery incident were apprehended and are currently on remand at Luzira Prison.

The video which Thursday became a talk of the town on social media depicts a robbery incident which police say occurred in 2022 at the Buganda Road Y-junction near City Oil on Bombo Road.

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“In this video, a group of thugs targeted an engineer who was carrying 30 million UGX in his bag. Although the victim managed to escape, the suspects successfully seized the money. Our investigations identified the perpetrators as Abdullamani Bakata alias Pancho, Emmanuel Nsubuga, Augustine Wanandya, and Ivan Muwanda,” said KMP Deputy Spokesperson, Mr Luke Owoyesigyire.

Owoyesigyire further explained that the same group of thugs group was connected to another violent robbery in which Mr Dawit Kasa, a diplomat from the Ethiopian Embassy was seized and robbed of money amounting to Shs 2.8 million and a laptop.

“This incident (Kololo) occurred on February 25, 2022, along Prince Charles Avenue in Kololo. The assailants robbed Mr. Kasa of 2.8 million UGX and a laptop, leaving him unconscious,” he said.

In response to these criminal activities, Mr Owoyesigyire said the Kampala Metropolitan Police, in collaboration with the Flying Squad have continued to conduct several operations which have culminated into the arrest of several suspects and recovery of a number of stolen items.

“These efforts led to the apprehension of the suspects mentioned above and the recovery of multiple items, including motorcycles, 20 mobile phones, ATM cards, and identification documents from various victims. During an operation in Kisenyi, one gang member, identified as Alipanda, was neutralized.”

“The suspects are now on remand at Luzira Prison, awaiting trial,” Owoyesigyire added.

Additionally, the KMP deputy publicist assured the public that police remain vigilant and proactive in the fight against crime even though some videos circulating seem to be outdated.

“Many of the videos circulating on social media related to these incidents are outdated and have been effectively addressed by our law enforcement actions. To further ensure public safety, we have intensified street patrols and enhanced our surveillance capabilities with advanced CCTV systems,” he remarked.

“We urge the public to stay calm and to report any suspicious activities to the authorities.”

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