The Territorial Police in Greater Masaka, have in custody, a Liberian National and an accomplice, who were arrested for staging a fake kidnap.
The matter had been reported to police, by Walter Chatora, a 54 year old male and National Mission President.
The Church of Jesus Christ, indicating how, Taulus Zanto, a 20 year old, male adult, of Liberian origin, working as a Missionary volunteer, in Nyendo, Masaka district, had been kidnapped by unknown persons from his residence on the 02/01/2020 at around 11pm.
Eventually, the alleged kidnappers started demanding for a ransom of USD20.000 [about Shs74m] for his release, lest he would get killed.
A task team was created and a search operation, located the victim at a hideout in Nyendo Masaka district, where it was established to be a false story, but a plot to get quick money.
He had conspired with an accomplice Makumbi John, a former workmate, who was actually pretending to be his abductor and was using a phone to demand for ransom.
“We are launching an awareness campaign to fight this vice of extortion, where criminals lie about kidnapping a loved one and then demand for money,” said police spokesperson, CP Fred Enanga.
“The suspects are being charged with conspiracy, giving false information and demanding by menaces.”