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UPDF Captain Arrested over Alleged Kidnap

Captain Apollo Kwesiga aged, 32, attached to Masaka armoured brigade is currently held at Rukiga Police station together with Benon Arinaitwe, 37, a driver and Patience Nsiime. The two allegedly kidnapped Stephen Mugabo from his home in Kakamba village, Kibanda Parish Kamwezi Sub County on Saturday.

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A Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) officer has been arrested for allegedly kidnapping a businessman and demanding ransom.

Captain Apollo Kwesiga aged, 32, attached to Masaka armoured brigade is currently held at Rukiga Police station together with Benon Arinaitwe, 37, a driver and Patience Nsiime.

They allegedly kidnapped Stephen Mugabo from his home in Kakamba village, Kibanda Parish Kamwezi Sub County on Saturday.

Mugabo was put at gunpoint, forced into a motor vehicle registration number UAX 039L and driven to an unknown destination. The kidnappers rang his relatives demanding 5 Million Shillings ransom before his release.

David Murisa, a relative to Mugabo says that even after reporting the matter to police for help, they mobilized and paid 3 Million Shillings before Mugabo was released on Sunday night.

Elly Maate, the Police Spokesperson for Kigezi region says that with the help of the Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) Cameras Command Center at Naguru in Kampala, police intercepted Captain Kwesiga, Arineitwe, and Nsiime at a Police checkpoint in Sanga, Kiruhura district while travelling to Kampala.

Maate says police have recovered an AK 47 rifle No 83-XU 7644 with 30 rounds of ammunition, an army jacket and 500,000 Shillings. He adds that another suspect identified as Abel Musiime is still on the run.

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Mugabo says that the kidnappers drove him at gunpoint up to Lyantonde town and withdrew 3 Million Shillings from his mobile money account.

According to Mugabo, the kidnappers gave him money to enable him to return Mbarara.

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