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Four Suspects Arrested over Forex Bureaus Robberies :: Uganda Radionetwork

Four Suspects Arrested over Forex Bureaus Robberies

Police Preliminary findings indicate that the suspects have been renting shops on different buildings, targeting places close to Forex bureaus, and shops dealing in Electronics, with an aim of robbing money and appliances.
ASP Luke Owoyesigyire

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The Police Crime Intelligence has busted a racket of thugs suspected to be perpetuating Forex-bureau and shop robberies in Kampala. 

The suspects who have been identified as Idi Twijukyire, Francis Mayengo, Matia Luyima and Andrew Akankwasa, were picked in an operation at different buildings in the city center by Police crime intelligence team. 

Police Preliminary findings indicate that the suspects have been renting shops on different buildings, specifically targeting places close to Forex bureaus, or shops dealing in Electronics, with the aim of robbing money and appliances. 

Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, has said that the suspects were found at Shauri Yako Plaza around Nakivubo Road within the city center, where they had recently rented a room. 

“We got intelligence about a group of thugs that go around renting shops, next to shops with electronics or Forex bureaus in Kampala, and then end up robbing them, after one or two months they vacate the building immediately," Owoyesigyire noted.

At the time of their arrests, according to Owoyesigyire, the suspects had started drilling a  hole through the shop they had rented, which is adjacent to a Forex bureau in the same building.

“An operation was made and the officers got them red-handed inside the shop using hammers and a chisel trying to break into the wall to gain access for the Forex bureau, and a shop around. Their intention was to rob money and run away.” Owoyesigyire noted.” 

Edward Ntale, the chairperson of the United Arcade Traders and  Entrepreneur Association, said this is not the first incident of traders in shops being robbed in the same manner by unknown people.

He says that there is a need for arcade management to start considering the idea of recording details of all tenants seriously, rather than focusing on money paid by tenants only. He says this is one way of fighting the growing acts of robberies in city arcades.

//Cue; ndowoza nti…

Cue…ba landlord ne management."//

Owoyesigyire says the suspects are currently detained at Central Police station in Kampala, as various efforts are being undertaken to ensure all the accomplices still at large are traced, apprehended and charged before the Courts of Law. 

//Cue; we have arrested them…

Cue… they will be charged with, "//  

According to the annual crime report 2020 compiled by the police criminal Investigations Directorate-CID, 10,113 cases of break-ins were reported compared to 12,919 cases that were registered in 2019.

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