The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (CID) in the Uganda Police Force has released a report indicating that crime arising from attacks on boda boda cyclists across the country has shot up.
According to authorities, CID registered 28 cases of attacks on commercial cyclists across the country in the past three months which has prompted an investigation on their safety and security.
Police said that the attackers target and kill cyclists especially those that operate at night using Knives, hammers and other blunt objects to murder.
In the report, Police revealed that perpetrators are attacking riders because of the lucrative motorcycle spare parts business in the country, especially Kampala.
Police added that targeted motorcycles are the new models most of which don’t have security tracking capabilities.
Addressing the press on Monday, Mr Fred Enanga, the Police Spokesperson said that out of the 28 cases, 14 riders have been brutally killed by the attackers.
He told journalists that so far 17 suspects have been arrested and interrogated by police detectives.
Mr Enanga cautioned riders to consider safety tips and be vigilant as they carry out their jobs including developing communication linkages amongst themselves like social media groups.
Relatedly, the law enforcement body also revealed in the report, that some riders rob their passengers.
It is reported that riders who steal from their customers bend the registration number plates of their motorcycles to conceal from being noticed.
Mr Enanga told journalists that Authorities have ordered the directorate of traffic to take action against riders with concealed registration number plates to reduce on theft.