Interpol returns stolen South Sudan car

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Senior Commissioner of police Womanya Elly, deputy Director INTERPOL and International relations handed over a Toyota Land cruiser motor vehicle no. GOSS 5002 BC to South Sudan authorities

INTERPOL Uganda early in the week handed over a stolen car to South Sudan.

Senior Commissioner of police Womanya Elly, deputy Director INTERPOL and International relations handed over a Toyota Land cruiser motor vehicle no. GOSS 5002 BC to South Sudan authorities at INTEROL headquarters in Kampala.

The motor vehicle was robbed on gun point in Juba on 3rd November 2016.

Immediately, INTERPOL Juba circulated information to Kampala and eventually it was intercepted in Kampala.

In November last year, Ugandan authorities arrested three people in connection with a stealing of five vehicles belonging to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the Government of South Sudan.

Two were South Sudanese and one a Ugandan, believed to be part of a gang that deals in the cross-border smuggling of vehicles between South Sudan and Uganda.

Following the July violence in Juba, several institutions, including non-governmental organisations reported extensive lootings of their vehicles, among other properties.

The Ugandan Flying Squad Unit commandant, Herbert Muhangi, said the recovered vehicles were stolen within September and October and hid in garages in Arua and Koboko districts.

Cases of stolen vehicles from South Sudan and brought to Uganda are on rise, Muhangi noted.