The Police have
arrested 84 suspected criminals for allegedly terrorizing residents in Hoima
The suspects whose particulars have since been concealed by police for
fear of jeopardizing investigations were picked from Kiryatete in Hoima East
division on Monday evening in an operation conducted by the Police and Uganda
Peoples Defense Forces-UPDF soldiers. They are currently being detained at
Hoima City Central Police Station.
Julius Hakiza, the Albertine Region Police Spokesperson told Uganda Radio
Network says that the suspects were arrested following several complaints from
residents and the business community.
The suspects are believed to be behind the rampant thefts of Motorcycle and
vehicle number plates, robbery, selling fake and unregistered sim cards, and house break-ins
He says the suspects have also been snatching phones, bags, laptops, and other
items from the Hoima city residents especially in the evening and night hours
when people are going home from work.
According to Hakiza, charges of aggravated and simple robberies will be preferred
against the criminals.
Charles Byabakama, a resident of Kinubi in Hoima West Division says the security
situation in Hoima City is alarming given the invasion of wrong elements that
are terrorizing area residents.
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Atulinda, a resident of Kiryatete says her bag containing 500,000 Shillings was
grabbed by suspected thugs last week as she was returning home from her workplace.
She wants police to maintain daily patrols in the area in order to
combat the escalating crime rate in the area.
Robert Kyalisiima, a resident of Kibaati Cell in Hoima East Division says
police should maintain heavy deployment in their area too since thugs are
terrorizing people on a daily basis.
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security personnel arrested 10 suspected criminals terrorizing Hoima city
The criminals were arrested from various parts of Hoima city including
Kiryatete, Kiganda, Bujumbura, Kinubi, and Lusaka in Hoima East and West
divisions respectively on Thursday night.
During the operation, security operatives also recovered three bags of marijuana
from the suspected criminals.
More than twenty cases of stolen motorcycle and vehicle number plates were
reported in the past two months at Hoima City Police Station.
The thugs pluck off the number plates and later call their owners asking for
money in order for the number plates to be returned to the owners.