On Thursday police in Kampala raided Miracle Arcade located on Nasser road and arrested seven people for allegedly printing fake national IDs, purported legal documents and driving permits.
In a statement, Police said operatives were tipped off by some individuals who were helping people to live illegally, acquire jobs, default taxes and drive without proper assessment by authorities in Uganda.
It was alleged that the suspects were forging and printing fake documents and selling them to both nationals and foreigners in the country.
Police seized the equipment including a set of tools used in the falsification of official documents and seals belonging to government departments.
Police also said that on checking the forged national IDs recovered from the suspects, it was discovered that some bore NIN numbers already assigned to other citizens while some others were picked as lost and found.
The suspects arrested were identified as Mohammed Tarigenda, Dickson Asaba, Nulu Isabirye, Ronald Nkwanga, Joan Nakato, Rashim Nakanwagi and Badru Mutumba.
It was also said that the suspects have been taken to Special Investigations Unit (SIU) in Kireka waiting to face charges of forgery vide SD. REF. 45/14/08/2018.
Meanwhile, Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander CP. Moses Kafeero Kabugo warned members of the public against forging documents as it is criminal by law.
“While Nasser Road is committed to raising its image as the commercial printing hub of Kampala, we all have a responsibility to ensure that the law is being followed,” he said.
Adding that “Citizens should understand that Uganda has got hi-tech systems used to determine validity of driving permits, national IDs and are recognizable because of their color, inferior paper quality and absence of security features.”