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Police Arrests Eight Notorious Thugs :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Police Arrests Eight Notorious Thugs

The thugs have said they move in groups of three to five people especially in early or late hours of the morning or evening purposely to provide security for each other. Groups are mostly deployed at Northern Bypass, Bwaise and Bombo road while places in Kawaala, and Kavule they move individually or in pairs.
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Eight suspected ringleaders of criminal gangs terrorizing people at Bwaise, Northern Bypass, and Bombo Road have been arrested. The gangs often waylay people going to work or returning home.

The suspected ringleaders as Ronald Ssebuma, Gideon Muwonge, Robert Sekatte, William Tamale, Moses Atuhirwe, Sam Mubiru, Moses Lubega, and Edwin Kisawuzi. These were picked from their hideouts in Kawaala, Kavule, and Kusata.

Luke Owoyesigyire, the Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Police Spokesperson confirmed the arrest of the suspects who he said had stolen several mobile phones and other valuables from mostly pedestrians or passengers on motorcycles. Police said the operation that led to the arrest of the suspects was coordinated by Kawempe and Wandegeya police stations. 

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Ssebuma and Atuhirwe allegedly revealed the traders who usually buy the stolen items. 

“Whatever we rob has a ready market. When we rob mobile phones, we quickly sell them and we do the same for electronics like TV screens. We throw away wallets and bags including documents in them after removing money, mobile phones, and laptops,” Ssebuma reportedly said.

The thugs said they move in groups of three to five people especially in early or late hours of the morning or evening purposely to provide security for each other. Groups are mostly deployed at Northern Bypass, Bwaise, and Bombo Road while places in Kawaala, and Kavule they move individually or in pairs.

Owoyesigyire said the groups do not stop at waylaying people on the way but go as far as breaking into homes and shops at night and during the daytime. Police said the thugs have iron bars, hammers, and machetes which they use to break into homes and subdue their victims.  

The arrest of suspected notorious gang leaders comes days after Flying Squad working with police stations in West Nile arrested 59 thugs mostly in the North West Nile region and Arua Central Police Station.

Fred Enanga, the Police Spokesperson said the West Nile operations were conducted in 17 areas known as criminal hubs after gathering intelligence information about their acts and their hideouts. 

Enanga said 15 motorcycles including 12 numberless and Ssenke models used in ride-along attacks and robberies of pedestrians, women, business people, civil servants, and other members of the community were recovered. 

“The thugs would snatch smartphones, bags, wallets, and other valuables, while on the motorcycles, or stop and put victims at knife-point, and rob them. The task team first conducted an intelligence-led operation in the criminal hubs, located in the cells of Ediofe, mission, Lumumba, and Oli D,” Enanga said.

Other areas that were targeted for West Nile operations include Arua primary, Air Japan, Drivers Corner, Upper Bibia, Adriko, Awindiri, Lobida, Buruku, Terego, and Orphanage villages. 

Enanga said the charges in these separate cases related to a wide range of alleged illegal activity including the use of narcotic drugs, robbery, attempted murders, and possession of dangerous weapons.

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