Kampala Metropolitan Police in a twist has retracted its earlier statement regarding a robbery that happened at Lugogo traffic lights, Kampala last week.
The incident that went viral on social media raised tension, especially amongst lone night drivers.
The footage showed an unidentified man who was allegedly beaten by a criminal mob.
It was reported that the mob used a big stone to smash the car windows before pouncing on the driver.
Police, however confirmed the robbery incident that went viral and revealed that at least 8 suspects were arrested and detained at various police stations in Kampala.
Police in a statement said “Kiira Road police got information about the incident and responded immediately arresting the suspects who were still at the scene looting the victims’ property.”
However in a follow up statement about the incident on Monday, Police Spokesperson CP Fred Enanga told journalists that the cyber crime unit is investigating the matter.
He revealed to journalists that the incident was a hoax noting that “it could have been a fake video that could have been manipulated.”
He added “It is not an incident that was filmed at the spot.”
According to police, the man in the video footage was not a Ugandan but the car in the footage bare Uganda registration number plates.
Mr Enanga said that security officers are looking for the owner of the car number UBE 622K to record a statement on how it ended up in the clip.
“We want to caution members of the public , media outlets on how online fake information is an increasing common phenomenon , where photos and videos are elaborately crafted . We want to encourage all media outlets to always check the authenticity of the images or videos,” he added.