Police has in custody a man suspected to be an iron bar hitman, one of the notorious gangs that target boda boda riders robbing them of their motorcycles.
This came after the suspect was found with a list of 18 number plates which he couldn’t account for.
The suspect identified as Robert Okello was arrested by police in Amuriat with a brand new motorcycle having an old numberplate registration number UEO 698K a situation that raised suspicion among the residents who alerted the police.
Upon Okello’s arrest, police coordinated with emergence response unit who confirmed that the motorcycle found in his possession was stolen and reported missing by Gerald Mubangizi a resident of Kikaaya.
The officers are questioning him to find more information that can help them neutralize these iron bar hit men criminals.
Police also discovered a list of 18 number plates in the suspect’s phone.
“Our team liaised with URA (Uganda Revenue Authority) to ascertain the particulars of the rightful owners of these number plates and we found that many owners of these number plates had been killed by thieves, those alive confirmed that they are bed ridden and their motorcycles had been reported stolen,” said Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigire.
Some of the listed motorcycle number plates found in Okello’s phone include;
UEQ 770D, UEP 493V, UEN 987L, UEM 825X, UEL 994E, UEH 880Y, UEH 950X, UEO 981Z, UEQ 402H, UER 434F, UEL 846Y, UEO 402H, UEP 200K, and UEH 679Y.
Okello is currently detained at Kira Road Police Station and a case file CRB 18/2018 opened.