Police in Kampala intercepted a vehicle with people suspected to be kidnappers and rescued two children.
According to Kampala Metropolitan Police, the vehicle, a taxi, was intercepted from Bweyogerere near Kampala over the weekend. The car, Reg No UBB 724M had two children on board.
The female children told Police that the suspects had tricked them into moving with them to buy some cakes and later disappeared with them without the consent of the parents.
Hajji Musa Muliika, the father of the children reported a case of kidnap on Sunday at 8am at Bweyogerere Police Station. He said that the kids were kidnapped from their home in Kigandazi Zone – Bweyogerere.
“The police trackers located the calls made by the suspects to Lugazi as they kept asking for the three million Uganda shillings ransom to release the children,” Kampala Metropolitan Police said in a statement.
“On realising that police was closing down on them, the suspects drove the children back to Kireka and were intercepted in a vehicle Toyota Hiace registration number UBB 724M,” the statement added.
The kidnappers had demanded Shs 3 million from the parents in exchange for the freedom of the two kids. Upon questioning, the suspects said they had no intention of harming the young girls but rather to get money in form of ransom from the parents.
The OC. Bweyogerere ASP. Mike Mugabe said the suspects who are facing kidnap related charged have currently been transfered to Kira Division Police Station to help police with investigations before being arraigned in court and the vehicle suspected to have been used in commission of the crime has been impounded.
For the better part of 2018, Uganda has been grappling with a surge in the cases of kidnappings some of which have resulted into deaths.
A total of 42 kidnap cases were been reported and investigated by Police between January and May. Out of these, 7 cases involved murder with 8 victims. But several victims have been rescuced by security agencies some of which have been cases of self kidnap.