Monday May 21 2018

25 cases of kidnap reported in three months



RIP. Susan Magara. FILE PHOTO

RIP. Susan Magara. FILE PHOTO  

By AGENCIES

Twenty-five reports of kidnap have been recorded by police over the last three months.

There have been several cases of kidnap.

Police spokesperson Emilian Kayima says the trend overshot after the infamous kidnap of Suzan Magara, a 28-year-old cashier, whose body was found on the Southern Bypass in Wakiso District after 20 days in captivity.

Mr Kayima says of the 25 cases, five ended up in the murder of the victims which cases the Police are following up. Some of the victims include Charity Kyohirwe, 32, a resident of Masajja Parish in Makindye Division, and 19-year-old girl Brinah Nalule.

Mr Kayima also said those who faked their kidnap in the aftermath of the gruesome events have been arrested and charged in court, for giving false information to a public officer.

Mr Kayima said that it's pertinent for any case of kidnap to be reported even if it's a false alarm. He says the persons who report cases will not be criminalised but any person found to have self-kidnapped will be held criminally liable.

This is a drastic increase from the 48 reported kidnaps recorded between 2015 and January 2018.
During the period, 26 victims were rescued alive while eight were found dead. Another eight were self-kidnaps, four of them recorded in 2017, two in 2016 and two in 2015.

Police spokesperson Emilian Kayima says the trend overshot after the infamous kidnap of Suzan Magara, a 28-year old cashier, whose body was found along the Southern bypass in Kampala after 20-days in captivity.
Kayima says 20 of the people who faked their kidnap in the aftermath of the gruesome events have been arrested and charged in court, for giving false information to a public officer.

Kayima adds that it's pertinent for any case of kidnap to be reported even if it's a false alarm. He says the persons who report cases will not be criminalized but any person found to have self-kidnapped will be held criminally liable.

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