By Our Reporter
KAMPALA: The flying squad unit has cracked down on an organized criminal gang that had specialized in attacks on schools.
According to Fred Enanga, the police spokesperson, between February 9 and March 27 this year, 12 cases of attacks on schools were registered.
Enanga says that as a result, 26 suspects have since been arrested, including a Kenyan national named Babu Yusuf, who is the overall commander of a criminal gang that operates in small clusters of 3–7 and is deployed and evacuated on motorcycles and motor vehicles.
The police spokesperson said that four notorious suspects, who include Babu Yusuf (the group commander), Ssetenda Emma, Mayengo Paul Musinguzi, and Mawejje Reagan, admitted to having participated in the attack and robberies at UMEA Primary School in Kyebando-Nansana, Bodoko Primary School at Kayunga in Wakiso, and Kyadondo Islamic Secondary School in Matugga.
“During their attack at Kyadondo Islamic Secondary School, on February 9, 2023, they killed an askari, called Mujumbi Solomon, and critically injured Asingya John, before robbing one hundred and eleven million shillings.”
Enanga added that the group was also behind the attack and robbery at St. Joseph’s Junior Seminary, Nswanjere, where they stole the communion cup and robbed 1.400.000/=, two laptops, and mobile phones from the priests.
‘’Our task teams have so far recovered three motor vehicles used to facilitate their criminal operations. Other exhibits include an HP printer, three laptop bags, black face masks, several housebreaking implements, etc.,’’ he said.
The police officer disclosed that they have now gone 14 days without any new attacks on schools. ‘’The recoveries and arrests demonstrate our resolve to disrupt and dismantle rackets behind attacks on schools,’’ he said.
Enanga urged all school administrators and proprietors to periodically review and upgrade their security and safety measures.
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