Arua police have arrested a 19 year-old man for stealing a brand new bus carrying passengers.
The suspect identified as Andama Juma allegedly stole a bus registration number UBF 618T belonging to Nile Star bus company in Arua, Northern Uganda.
The incident occurred today Friday at 9:30am at the bus terminal along Adumi road, in Arua Municipality.
It all started with the driver warming up the engine of the bus in preparation for the long journey to Kampala and at the same time waiting for passengers.
Andama, who is not a staff of the company, jumped into the bus before driving it with 16 passengers on board for about 5 kilometers along Kampala road, up to Odianyadri Trading Centre in Vurra sub county, Arua district.
Police said the bus company staff who did not suspect a wrong driver in the bus allowed him continued with the journey.
It was after a distance of five kilometers that it was confirmed the driver was a wrong person.
“The turn man informed management which then ordered the bus to be taken back to the terminal,” said Josephine Angucia, the Police West Nile spokesperson.
“Police was alerted, suspect arrested, treated after being beaten by the angry mob, and detained at Arua Central Police Station.”
Angucia said the bus was briefly taken to Arua CPS before being released to its management to continue with its journey to Kampala.
“The Motive of this act is not known but the suspect was taken for medical examination to ascertain his mental status and inquiries are going on into his past criminal records. A case of stealing vehicle c/s 254(1) and 265 of PCA has been opened,” said Angucia in a short message to ChimpReports.