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Man Fakes Own Kidnap, Demands UGX 10m Ransom from Wife

Tayebwa, a resident of Kabalagala, in the outskirts of Kampala had called his wife Evas Ainomugisha on September 3 claiming he had been kidnapped by four people travelling in a Saloon car. While in hiding, he repeatedly used his phone number to ask the wife to send 10 million Shillings to his captors in order to spare his life.

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A man, identified as Bruno Tayebwa, who was arrested for faking his kidnap and demanding a ransom from his wife, has been transferred from Jinja to Kampala.  

Tayebwa, a resident of Kabalagala, in the outskirts of Kampala had called his wife Evas Ainomugisha on September 3 claiming he had been kidnapped by four people travelling in a Saloon car. While in hiding, he repeatedly used his phone number to ask the wife to send 10 million Shillings to his captors in order to spare his life. 

Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga said that Ainomugisha reported a kidnap case at Kabalagala Police Station prompting a manhunt led by the Flying Squad Unit – FSU. Meanwhile, the wife handed over his phone details to the operatives who started tracking the phone until the signals indicated he was in Jinja. 

But by the time the police personnel reached Jinja, the phone signals shifted to Mayuge district where police in the area were alerted. As police monitored Tayebwa’s suspected kidnappers’ movements,  the signals again shifted to Jinja Municipality. 

The Flying Squad Unit laid a trap for him by sending money to his phone, which he was advised to keep as an assurance to the kidnappers that the family was searching for the rest of the ransom. To their shock, Tayebwa was tracked down withdrawing the money in person from the Mobile money agent. 

He maintained that he had been abandoned by his abductors by the time police caught him.  According to his initial statement, Tayebwa said he had escaped through Magamaga sugarcane plantation to Jinja town. 

Enanga explains that upon further interrogation, Tayebwa said he had faked his own kidnap to get money from his wife, a powerful businesswoman who rarely gives him money. He thought faking his abduction would be enough to scare Ainomugisha to release money for his rescue.   

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Enanga said Tayebwa who is currently detained at Kabalagala Police Station has been slapped with two offences that include self-kidnap with intent to procure a ransom and demanding money by false pretence. 

Tayebwa is among 13 suspects who have been arrested in regard to kidnaps. Eight people have been arrested in Masaka district in regard to the kidnap of Deus Nyebaze demanding six million Shillings and four teenagers arrested in Luweero district for kidnapping Amos Matovu and demanding seven million Shillings.