836 arrested as Bobi Wine riots death toll rises to 45
CP Fred Enanga, Police Spokesperson, says as part of the ongoing investigations into the violent political and criminal protests, police task teams continue to track down perpetrators after the pro-Bobi Wine riots.
“It is very unfortunate that the riots have so far claimed 45 lives, which included 39 male adults and 06 women, who fall in the age bracket of 25-40,” Enanga told press on Monday.
A total of 42 bodies have been claimed, while 03 remain unclaimed.
“Our hearts go out to all victims of the violent protests. We do understand the importance of the right to protest, but people who break the law, do endanger themselves and those who go about their normal businesses peacefully.”
All police territorial commanders intensified efforts to identify protesters and looters mid-last week, across all flashpoint areas, using the widespread CCTV technology, both public and private, license plate readers, facial recognition.
He said the conduct of all those protesters was well captured indicating time, location and stamp license plate numbers.
A total of 836 suspects were arrested, of whom 362 suspects were charged to court, including Hon Kyagulanyi Robert Ssentamu, 330 were remanded, 32 released on court bail, while 474 pending court today.
One was released on police bond (Hon. Eng. Patrick Oboi Amuriat.
“We would like to remind anybody who was involved in the attacks of violence that we will investigate them and do everything in our means to bring them before the courts of law.”
” Our task teams of investigators have a total of 116 cases surrounding the riots, registered in selected areas, within the country between the 18th to 20th, November 2020.”
The task teams have trawled and continue to trawl the CCTV cameras (public and private) and all video footages uploaded on several digital platforms for collation and analysis.
“Our evidence, therefore, is a combination of Social Media Posts, YouTube videos, Twitter, WhatsApp, and Instagram and from traditional witnesses,” Enanga revealed.
“We would like to greatly thank the public for their increased level of response in sharing videos of culprits /perpetrators to violent protests. We shall urge anyone who still has credible information or video footage(s) from the protests, to share via WhatsApp number 0779-999999.”