The Police Anti-kidnap Unit has in recent days arrested thirteen suspected kidnappers in the ongoing crackdown on Kidnap cases that had skyrocketed.
Kidnappers continue to wreak havoc in the country and on each strike, their actions raise tensions amongst Ugandans.
Last week, the police task team arrested four suspects from Luwero and eight others from Masaka in connection to two separate child kidnap incidents with intent to obtain a ransom.
Other additional suspect was picked from Kabalagala who allegedly faked his kidnap to defraud his wife and relatives.
According to police, the first case of kidnap with intent to procure a ransom occurred when a 7 year old juvenile identified as Amos Matovu was kidnapped by a group of unknown persons at a taxi stage.
It is said that the mother, a one Dorothy Nanyunjja, a businesswoman in Wobulenzi reported to police and the police FSU and other agencies immediately commenced their operations to hunt down four suspects who attempted to secure a ransom of Shs7 million.
Police surprisingly revealed that the arrested are young boys beyond 18 years old.
They include a one Sam Sempijja, 18, of Kabwomero village who was found with the victim, Ashraf Kakembo, David Mutyaba and his girlfriend Habiba Ramla.
The second incident of Kidnap was of a 10 year old juvenile who is still missing called Deus Nyebaza which occurred on the 29th August and the suspects asked for Shs4.6 million in ransom from his parents.
Fred Enanga, the Police Spokesman noted that they are still searching for the victim.
“The victim has not been rescued but we have eight suspects in custody, however we want to caution whoever is holding him that this deal has gone bad. So if there are associates having this child, we request them to hand over this child to LC or police immediately,” Enanga said.
He however condemned the acts of people who fake their disappearances saying that they will always be reprimanded by authorities.
“We are in a period in which kidnaps are raising a lot of fear in the public, therefore we shall not hesitate to prosecute persons who fake their kidnaps and charge them with trying to obtain money by menaces,” Enanga added.