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Crime watch: IGP Ochola’s ‘son’ arrested over asking for turkeys to get officers promoted

Patrick at police on Wednesday: KMP PHOTO

Police in Kampala on Wednesday arrested and detained a one Patrick Oloka who had turned it into a habbit to con police officers promising them juicy deployments as well as promotions.

Oloka, a resident of Kisugu, a Kampala Surburb, is said to have allegedly claimed to be the first son to newly appointed IGP, Moses Okoth Ochola, a lie he used to con various police officers.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations spokesperson Mr Vincent Sekate, said some of the police officers that had fallen prey to Oloka’s lies had recorded statements and confirmed the allegations and that more than eight officers had fallen victims.

It is said that the suspect would collect between Shs300,000 and Shs500,000 and would also ask for either a turkey or a cock to act as gifts to the IGP and in turn told these officers to wait as he lured ‘his father’ into fulfilling their requests.

Oloka however denies the allegations made against him but insists IGP Ochola is his uncle.

Oloka was arrested after one of the victims checked out with the IGP’s office and found out that he was just putting up a facade.

The victim opened up a criminal case at CID headquarters in Kibuli which later led to Oloka’s arrest.

Vincent Sekate said the suspect is detained on charges of impersonation and obtaining money by false pretence.

“By refering to IGP as my father, I was using it in a local context, to mean an elder, since he is my uncle”, Oloka told police.

Bijambiya thugs arrested

A police officer displays some of the pangas (bijambiya) that were found with the suspects: KMP PHOTO

Police also on Thursday arrested Mwanga Steve aka Dobozi, Keya Farouk,aka Benja Mosh and Musisi Benja, aka Mandwa, three suspected bijambiya group members.

This group has been known to terrorize residents of Kampala especially in Busabala, Kibiri, Gangu, Kabuuma and Katwe Division.

Police said between March 28 and 29, five victims weretied, threatened and their property stolen and many left with heavy injuries from pangas used by this group.

The suspects were netted after their victims vividly identified them.

Pangas, simcards, bedsheets and other clothes soiled in blood among other items were found in the suspects’ homes.

Police urged all Ugandans to remain vigilant at all times and also report suspicious people and law breakers.

 

Motorists arrest street kid for vandalising cars, threatening violence

Mukwano Road in Kampala is a notorious blackspot for thugs targeting motorists: NET PHOTO

Jinja Road Police Station on Thursday also received a case of a street child who vandalises vehicles when motorists refuse to give him money.

Hellen Nkahiirwa, one of the victims posted on her facebook page saying on several occassions the suspect has either scratched her car or did something else after she refused to give him money.

Hellen states that the rowdy minor has been doing this for some time now and has been frequenting places with heavy jam like in Nakawa, Jinja road, Mukwano round about and his new stop has been Wampewo Avenue near Kololo Airstrip.

She says days after the same boy had hit her windshield with a nail, at Mukwano Roundabout,  on  Wednesday March 27, 2018, he again hit her car with a stone around Kololo Airstrip on Monday April 1, 2018.

Nkahiirwa, who was driving with her husband couldn’t take the minor’s drama anymore, so they stopped, arrested him and took him to Jinja Road Police Station.

Police said they were aware of the boy’s acts since he had been there on cases of property theft and vandalism of cars but can’t detain him because he is a minor.

Hellen adds that this boy often targets female drivers and motorists with fairly up end vehicles.

The boy reportedly asked for money from motorists saying he is to open up a chewing gum business and when you find him again, he’ll say KCCA officers beat him and took everything.

Nkahiirwa is just one of the many Ugandans who have gone through such incidences. Many have reported being spat on, pinched, pierced, among other things for failure to give begging street kids money.

 

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