Police in Masindi has recovered a gun and bullets that were lost when thugs attacked Karujubu Police post and Maiha Prison in Masindi district on December 16. An AK47 gun and 52 bullets were recovered on December 28 when one of the key suspects was arrested from Masindi Taxi Park as he boarded a taxi to Hoima district.
An AK47 gun and 52 bullets were recovered on December 28 when one of the key suspects was arrested from Masindi Taxi Park as he boarded a taxi to Hoima district.
The suspect was interrogated by the police which he led to one of the bushes in Kabango trading center where he had hidden the gun and the bullets.
According to Moses Ekudot, the Masindi District Police Commander (DPC), three other suspects were also arrested after being named by their colleague and remain detained at Masindi Police Post.
The police lost the gun on December 16 when unknown thugs using a toy gun disarmed a policeman at Karujubu and took away his gun which contained 30 bullets.
The same thugs are believed to have also attacked Maiha Prison where they grabbed a magazine containing 30 bullets from a prison warden on guard.
So far seven people including two policemen from Karujubu Police Post are in custody in connection to the gun theft.
After acquiring the gun, the thugs are said to have used it to rob residents of Bwijanga and Bujenje on December 18. They also fired bullets during the robbery.
The thugs also robbed Scovia Kadogo a businesswoman in Kibanja village in Kimengo Sub County of her shs11million on December 22.
Shs 5million was recovered from the thugs. Eight bullets had been used by the thugs at the time of the guns recovery.
The DPC declined to name the suspects for fear of jeopardising the investigations. Ekudot commended the locals who tipped police.
Alfred Kwamya, the LC1 chairperson Kijura South commended police for acting fast in recovering the gun.
However the gun that was lost by police in July remains in the hands of criminals. The gun was taken by thugs who attacked and injured policemen from Bwijanga police post.