Crime & Investigation

Three Jailed over Kidnap of City Accountant

Buganda Road Court has remanded three people to Luzira prison in connection with the kidnap of a city accountant so as to demand Shs300m ransom from him.

The jailing of Remegio Seguya, Edmund Mugumya and Nicholas Isingoma now brings to seven the number of people who have been implicated in the kidnap of Mr Gerald Yashaba, an accountant working with Lamba Enterprises Ltd, which is owned by Christopher Obey, the former Principal Accountant in the Ministry of Public Service.

Other suspects are John Tuhairwe, Denis Ongol Ogwang and Moses Batambuze.

Grade One Magistrate Charles Yeteise on Tuesday told the suspects who face three counts of kidnap with intent to procure ransom, aggravated robbery and conspiracy to kidnap, that their offences are capital in nature and can only be heard by the High Court.

Mr Yeteise adjourned the case to February 26.

According to prosecution, on September 18, 2017, the accused kidnapped Mr Yashaba from Total Petrol Station in Kibuli and held him hostage at Centenary Park for over 12 hours.

They took away his car keys and Shs3m he had on him before driving him to Kabalagala Police Station in Kampala.

“…at Kabalagala Police Station I requested to record a statement if indeed they had a case against me, but Edyegu just laughed it off. After about an hour, they put me in the car asserting that they were taking me to Kampala Metropolitan Police (KMP) commander,” Mr Yashaba’s statement reads in part.

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He said along the way they told him that they have information that he has a lot of money and they demanded that he gives them USD100, 000 (over Shs300m). He pleaded with them to go home, search for it if indeed they believed that money was in my possession.

However, they refused and instead decided to take him to Centenary Park on gun point where they gave him the phone and instructed him to call his relatives to pay his release.

 

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