Masaka Robbery Suspects Released Without Charge

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Noah Sserunjogi, the greater Masaka Region Police Spokesperson says the suspects were freed after the complainant John Bosco Tushabe demanded for his money. Police could not therefore proceed with the case, whose exhibits have been reclaimed by the owner, Serunjogi explains.

Five foreign nationals and one minor arrested after alleged robbery of mobile money agent in Masaka have been released without charge.

The suspects were identified as Hassan Abdullah, Ibrahim Galisa, Acasia Nurudin,  Fatuma Faraja, Mwajuma Gidu and unidentified minor aged between 3 to four years.

They were arrested on Tuesday after their alleged involvement in the robbery of UGX 4 Million from John Bosco Tushabe, an MTN Mobile money agent along Elgin Street in Masaka Town. 

 It is alleged that one of the suspects Hassan Abdullah pretended to be withdrawing two million shillings but eventually forcefully opened a drawer where the money was kept and snatched it before driving off in a waiting car Reg. No UAT 162U.

This case brought Masaka Town to a standstill.  boda boda cyclists motorists and police collectively joined the chase  until the suspects were arrested at Nkoni along Masaka –Mbarara Highway by police patrols an hour later.

Police recovered the UGX 4 million that was stolen from the mobile money agent.

The suspects however denied the allegations claiming they had taken the money by mistake. They also claimed that they wanted to give Tushabe precious stones and gold but he rejected them.

They later became violent and clashed with both police officers who were interrogating them and fellow suspects who were under police custody.

Although Frank Ntankovu, the Masaka police Criminal Investigations officer had indicated police would charge the suspects with theft and robbery, police has set them free without charge.

Noah Sserunjogi, the greater Masaka Region Police Spokesperson says the suspects were freed after the complainant John Bosco Tushabe demanded for his money.  Police could not therefore proceed with the case, whose exhibits have been reclaimed by the owner, Serunjogi explains.

Sserunjogi also says since the suspects lacked documents allowing them to stay in Uganda, they have asked Internal Affairs Ministry to deport them.

John Bosco Tushabe, whose money was robbed, however says instead of refunding him four million shillings, police simply gave him three million shillings saying some of the money had disappeared from the police cell.

 

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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

Truant children will attract Bindhe's attention until he gets to the bottom of their truancy: poverty and the need to work to earn bread for their families. These are the kinds of stories Bindhe is often after.

Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.