Crime & Investigation

Fake, Genuine Kidnap Reports Overwhelm Police

As fears of insecurity continue to rise in the public caused by rampant kidnaps and murders, Police especially in Kampala metropolitan area are apparently overwhelmed by the increasing number of cases of missing persons being reported at various police stations, chimp corps write.

According to police, some of the cases are fake kidnaps while others are real and detectives are conducting searches for both victims and culprits.

On Thursday morning, Kira police station received a case of disappearance of a one Juliet Nakandi, resident of Kisaasi in Nakawa division which indicated that she had gone missing from her work place at Motor care Uganda limited along Jinja road.

The case was allegedly logged in by her husband on file number SD/48/03/09/2019 and mobile numbers circulated.

Hours into the search, police revealed that Ms Nakandi personally spoke out that she was not missing and was safe and alive.

“With reference to the ongoing post of a missing person by the names of Nakandi Juliet,  I am informing everyone who may have come across it that am safe and alive but also never went missing,” Nakandi wrote on her social media platform.

Adding that family and friends instincts warned them something was amiss and so the vigilance from police.

Police did not divulge more information saying that it was a private matter.

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At Katwe police station, detectives also recovered a young girl (Names withheld) who was reported missing by a father.

Kampala metropolitan police said that the girls was hiding with the boyfriend the whole evening of Wednesday while lying to the uncle that she had been  kidnapped.

From interrogations, police said that she was not interested in money but instead just wanted to be with her new boyfriend she had met in a taxi hence faking a kidnap.

The law enforcement body has warned the public against fake kidnaps saying that they will be prosecuted in courts of law.

However, despite the fake kidnaps, several people have continuously gone missing and their where abouts are not yet to be established.

A city lawyer identified as Bonny Akol of M/S LOI company advocates was allegedly kidnapped from Najjera, a Kampala suburb by unknown persons.

According to Uganda law society, it is suspected that Mr Akol was whisked away by operatives from internal security organization ISO and detained at unknown place.

Friday morning, new reports emerged that another lady identified as Alice Nabisere reportedly went missing after unknown men picked her from her mobile money kiosk in Gayaza, Kasangati town council.

It is said that residents noticed the car Noah number UBE 569R in which she was whisked.

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