KAMPALA – Police in Kampala have arrested six men on suspicion of participating in the killing of one Simon Peter Lokiru in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, purposely to grab a 20,000UGX note from him.
Lokiru was allegedly attacked at Allen Road at Nakivubo Channel after he pulled out a 20,000UGX note to pay a boda-boda rider who had dropped him there.
Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango said the thugs waylaid the victim before he handed over the said money to the rider.
“The thugs attacked the deceased and two other people who included the motorcyclist. Lokiru was pushed into Nakivubo Channel before they took off with the note. He was picked by police from the channel when he was unconscious and was pronounced dead at Mulago hospital,” Mr Onyango said on Tuesday.
Police said eyewitnesses revealed information connecting the suspects to the crime and police swung into action. The motorcyclist and another victim were also taken to Mulago hospital where they were receiving treatment by press time.
Police also encouraged the public to embrace the use of the police emergency calls when faced with any imminent threat to life and public safety, and in situations which require urgent response.
During the month of February, the National Emergency Command Centre registered 294 valid/essential calls for service and the highest number for calls was in response to cases involving accidents, where 20 were fatal, 48 serious, and 20 minor. This was followed by 39 calls due to mob actions, 37 calls due to fire outbreak, 13 cases of thuggery, 9 cases of aggravated robbery and only 07 cases of simple robbery among others.