“The victims were beaten by these robbers to take the money, but luckily enough, they got help from other boda-boda riders and police officers who managed to arrest only two of the suspects and impounded one of the motorcycles, a Bajaj Boxer Reg. Number UER 994H,” said Twine.
CID Spokesperson, ASP Charles Twine
Two suspects are in police custody for attempting to rob
over Shillings 200million from employees of LOMS Forex Bureau on Titanic plaza.
Charles Twine, the Spokesperson of the Criminal Investigations Directorate-CID identifies
the suspects as Umar Kakooza, a Boda-boda rider and resident of Mperere-Kawempe
and Amir Mugerwa Amir, a hawker at Park Enkade Mall around Old Taxi Park.
According to Twine, around 2:00 pm, Richard Kawongo and
Richard Mutabazi, both employees of LOMS Forex Bureau left their office on a
motorcycle to covert US$55,000 into Shillings at Bank of Africa Jinja Road.
He explains that on their way back, four men riding on two motorcycles intercepted
them at the Entebbe Road traffic light junction.
“The victims were beaten by these robbers to
take the money, but luckily enough, they got help from other boda-boda riders
and police officers who managed to arrest only two of the suspects and impounded
one of the motorcycles, a Bajaj Boxer Reg. Number UER 994H,” said Twine.
He says that the officers whisked off the suspects to the Central
Police Station-CPS Kampala where they are being held on charges of attempted
robbery as the hunt for the remaining suspects continues. “They are held on
allegations of attempted robbery under file no CPS KLA CRB 899/2021. Once the
investigators are done, the suspects will be charged with appropriate charges
as advised by the DPP,” said Twine.
Police have since cautioned the
general public particularly the business fraternity against moving with huge
sums of money without protection. “We sincerely appeal to the general public that if you’re to
move with large amounts of money, contact the territorial police to provide
protection as our mandate," Twine said.
According to the 2020 crime
report, 364 cases of cash robbery were registered compared to 426 cases
reported in 2019. A total of UGX 2,570,934,460 was robbed out of which UGX.
272,526,300 was recovered