The Police and Sister Security Agencies have dismantled a self – styled criminal gang operating in Kyabisagazi II village, Kigorobya Sub County, in Hoima district.
During the 13th February, 2019 operation, 78 suspects, who were recklessly using their weapons of bows and arrows to promote acts of lawlessness in the area were arrested.
According to Police, the criminal gang which comprises of youth and illegal migrants of Congolese origin (Alur, Kebu and Lendu), consolidated false control over the entire neighborhood grabbing land, robbing road users, intimidating residents with arbitrary arrests and threats to kill.
Out of those arrested; 11 suspects are to be charged with the murder of No. 64005 PC Rutaremwa Vicent under Kigorobya case file no. CRB 031/2019; an additional 27 suspects are charged for illegal entry and stay, under Hoima case file number, CRB 157/2019, while 40 suspects are charged for going armed in public under case reference number Hoima CRB 158/2019.
“Several exhibits of bows and arrows, pangas including two shoes which led to the arrest of the murder suspects were recovered,” CP Enanga Fred, Police Spokesperson says in a statement.
“As we pursue other members of this criminal gang, including the ring leader Simon Achille who is on the run, we would like to use this opportunity to invite all members of the public who could have been victimized to come forward and register their complaints,” he adds.
He says Police continue to actively monitor the area, and the country at large, to help prevent the re-emergence of such criminal acts and ensure no criminality continues to operate outside the framework of the law.
POLICE DISMISS FAKE ADVERT
The public is urged to dismiss a fake advert on police recruitment under the title “Uganda Police Force Recruitment 2019 – 2020,” that is making rounds online.
“This is the second time that we are confronted with a similar advert, following one that run in October, 2018, and we are compelled to come out and dispel the advert as false. We believe this is a scam aimed at misleading the public, and we urge all those interested in joining the UPF, not to fall prey,” the statement says.
“The police will at an appropriate time make formal announcements on and its planned recruitment with details on dates, requirements, and centers for recruitment through official channels, including the electronic, print and online media. We encourage any members of the public who could have fallen victim to this fake advertisement, to report to the nearest police station; to enable bring the culprits to book,” it adds.