arrested for attack on mobile money dealer in Kamuli
In coordination with Kamuli Police, the Directorate of Crime Intelligence has arrested up to six suspects in connection with a home invasion and front-gate robbery against Opio Ali, a 30-year-old mobile money dealer in Kamuli. FILE PHOTO

Police in Kamuli and the Directorate of Crime Intelligence have arrested up to 6 suspects in connection with a follow-home and front-gate attack and robbery against Opio Ali, a 30-year-old mobile money dealer from Kamuli.

The Directorate of Crime Intelligence in coordination with Kamuli Police has arrested up to 6 suspects linked to a follow-home and front-gate attack and robbery against Opio Ali, a 30-year-old mobile money dealer in Kamuli

According to Fred Enanga the police spokesperson, the victim was dropped off on 15.03.2022, at around 8 pm, at Denning zone, Mulamba ward, Southern division in Kamuli Municipality.  

As he was walking towards the gate, he was viciously attacked by a gang of criminals who emerged from the gate and grabbed the bag containing cash used in his business.  

The victim was also injured when he got involved in a physical altercation with the armed robberies. He was rushed to Kamuli General Hospital for medical attention where he succumbed to the injuries.  

“The suspect had robbed the killer gun from a private security guard, of Blue Light Guards Uganda called John Matege, whom they attacked on 17.03.2022 and beat him to death. And then robbed his gun,” Enanga said.

“The police task teams responded to the incident and a serious manhunt for the suspects began. Six suspects who form part of the gang were arrested. These include; Matege Joseph, Mukisa William, Mwebya Joel, Lubuka Alex, Kuteira Janat and Katajja Moses.”  

Enanga raised that multiple searches were also conducted in their homes and exhibits of evidential values recovered including the gun that the suspects used in the commission of the offence, Six live ammunition, a panga and the deceased’s bag were also recovered. Enanga however, disclosed that efforts to trace the other gang members are still ongoing.

“It is therefore, important that potential victims reduce the chance, of becoming targets. Personal safety is the number one priority, when planning how to reach to a front-gate robbery.”

Going further, Enanga urged the public to practice safety measures while near the gate. He said one should always alert those at home about their return to help them inspect before they can proceed home.

Similarly, he said maintaining a well-lit and visible entrance is crucial for any home’s security in addition to setting up surveillance lighting that detects and observes pedestrians and vehicular movements near the home front gate.

“In certain high-risk areas, consideration of security guards is necessary. Never hesitate to call the police to report suspicious actions of people outside the gate or premises, because they may turn out to be criminals monitoring the premises, layout of the areas, etc. At times follow-home robbers trail you up on bodabodas and motor vehicles, so be on the look for suspicious motorists.”

“The victim in this follow home robbery was injured when he tried to put up resistance, which was dangerous. He was rushed to Kamuli General Hospital and later transferred to Jinja Regional Referral Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. The overriding consideration in dealing with a robbery is to reduce the possibility of injury,” Enanga added.