By Gad Masereka
The Uganda police this morning netted a group of six young men who are suspected to be robbers, in Luweero district.
The suspected robbers were intercepted by police while traveling in a Kampala-bound commuter taxi after police had put roadblocks at several points along the Luwero Highway. The police searched public and private vehicles travelling to Kampala and from Kampala and it was during the search that the six suspects were arrested, after being found with knives and stones. The police believe the suspects were either going to use the objects to attack people or had used them in the recent criminal offenses that rocked Luwero town Council. Rebecca Ayeta, the Luweero District Police Commander said that “Huge stones, knives, torches and Shs394, 000 were recovered from a commuter taxi in which the suspects were traveling.
One of the suspects jumped through a window of the taxi and disappeared in the bush.” She added that “We plan to conduct a suspects’ identification parade to get more details since many of the residents claim to know some of the criminals. Victims named some of the attackers including one of the suspected ring leader, who is in custody.” The suspects who are detained at Luweero Central Police Station, also injured several people and robbed them of money and mobile phones in Kasoma, Kiyenjje and Mabaale zones in Luweero Town Council on Sunday night. The Luweero West Zone Councilor Robert Okello said the suspects could be part of a bigger criminal gang that has for the last three weeks terrorized residents in Luweero town Council. He mobilised residents to join cops in the operation. Okello added that “The attackers take cell phones from the victims to block communication as they attack residents and use knives to cut and inflict pain on victims who try to make alarms.” He said that “One of the victims managed to call me. I quickly informed the police.”