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120 Arrested in Jinja Operation

It is alleged that the suspects are mainly involved in house breaking, drug abuse, motorcycle theft and snatching bags from women at night.
Some of the suspects at Nalufenya police station.

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Police in Jinja have arrested 120 youth suspected to be behind thefts in the district. 

The suspects are being detained at Nalufenya police station. It is alleged that the suspects are mainly involved in housebreaking, drug abuse, motorcycle theft and snatching bags from women at night. 

The operation started at 12:00 a.m and ended on Thursday at 7:00 am in the areas of Mafubira, Kaziminji, Kirinya and Bugembe town council.

Some of the suspects who were paraded before the press in the afternoon, however, dismissed the accusations claiming that they were randomly picked up from their workplaces. 

Faizo Kibwika, a vendor in Kyabazinga market, says that he was arrested at 8:00 am and only knew the charges against him while at the police station. 

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James Musisi, another suspect who was however released on bond accused police officers of extortion before setting him free. 

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The Jinja CPS commander, Vincent Irama denied all the allegations claiming that most of the suspects had cases at the police and were being investigated. 

Irama says that the operation to arrest the suspects followed public outcry from residents over theft of their household items and drug abuse within their communities.

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