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Flying Squad Cracks Down On Taxi Robberies

Four of the suspects managed to flee to safety when the operatives intercepted the taxi. Flying Squad operatives picked up the suspects after days of tracking their group, which is led by a one Sanoni, a resident of Nansana Kibuloka and his deputy identified as Big Meat.

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The Police Flying Squad Unit has embarked on operations to arrest the masterminds of robberies in taxis on different routes across the country. The operation, which begun three days ago has so far seen the arrest of two suspects whose group has been operating from Nansana and all routes in Kampala as well as Jinja, Mukono and Lugazi.

The suspects are Grace Ssebuliba and James Agaba, both residents of Nansana. The duo was picked up on Monday this week when Flying Squad operatives intercepted a taxi registration UBC 761A they had hired to trap their unsuspecting victims.  

Four of the suspects managed to flee to safety when the operatives intercepted the taxi. Flying Squad operatives picked up the suspects after days of tracking their group, which is led by a one Sanoni, a resident of Nansana Kibuloka and his deputy identified as Big Meat.

Police is yet to identify the owner of taxi that is parked at Central Police Station Kampala. James Agaba, one of the suspects says the group usually hires taxis on different days and drives through different places looking for targets who are identified by Sanoni and are convinced to board the taxi where they are robbed.

He says they have been earning between Shillings 10,000 and 20,000 a day while Sanoni, Big meat and Musa who acts like the conductor share the rest of the money from the robberies.

//Cue in: "Atudde mumaso ...

Cue out: ... atuwa 10,000."

The group usually operates when there is heavy traffic and many people are stranded looking for taxis. Most of the victims are picked up from shopping arcades bus parks as well as stages to distant areas.

According to Agaba, their plan is to steal from the passenger without their notice, but once they realize, they use violent means with the one acting as the conductor choking the victim from behind while Sanoni takes all the money and electronics in ones possession while the driver continues driving.

After robbing the passenger, he or she is thrown out of the moving taxi. Luke Owoyesigyire, the Kampal Metropolitan Police spokesperson, says a hunt is on for more members of the group.

"We have two people in our custody but we are looking for the remaining. Thefts and robberies in taxis have become so common and we are doing everything to break this racket," Owoyesigyire told URN.