The team of police in Kamuli have arrested six suspects, which is linked to a follow-home and front-gate attack and robbery against Opio Ali, a 30 years old dealer of mobile money in Kamuli.
On March 15, around 8 pm, the incident happened after the victim was dropped at Denning zone, Mulamba ward, Southern division in Kamuli Municipality.
According to the police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, when Opio was near his gate, a gang of criminals who appeared from the entrance viciously assaulted him and snatched his bag from his hands. The bag was filled with cash, which he used in his business.
“He then tried his best to save his bag. However, he got injured during a physical altercation with the armed robbers. He was rushed to Kamuli General hospital for medical attention where he succumbed to the injuries,” said Enanga.
Enanga added that the suspect had robbed the killer gun from a private security guard of Blue Light Guards Uganda called John Matege, whom they attacked last week, and beat him to death before taking off with his gun.
Furthermore, Enanga stated that the police task teams have since undertaken a severe search for the suspects, and so far, they have arrested six of them who were part of the gang as well as robbery.
The arrested include ; Matege Joseph, Mukisa William, Mwebya Joel, Lubuka Alex, Kuteira Janat and Katajja Moses.
Many searches have been done in their home, and exhibits of evidential values recovered from their homes, in which they found a gun that the suspect used in the commission of the offence, six live ammunition, a panga and the deceased’s bag. Efforts to trace the other gang members ongoing,” Enanga noted.
After so many incidents happening in the country, the mouthpiece of police urged the public to pay extra care when they leave their home and come back, warning that follow-home robberies and front gate attacks are becoming one of the country’s most serious potentially dangerous crimes.
“We urge the public to practice safety measures while near the gate. Always alert the people at home to inspect the main gate and search the area. They can signal you to proceed home if all is clear,” Enanga cautioned.
He added, “In specific areas where risk is high, review of security guards is necessary. Never think twice when you need the help of police in order to report suspicious actions of people outside the gate or premises because there are high chances that they may turn out as criminals who were monitoring your actions. At times follow-home robbers trail you up on Boda Bodas and motor vehicles, so be out of the look for suspicious motorists.”