Monday February 24 2014

Police arrest suspected masterminds in Kajjansi killing

By Dear Jeanne

The Police Flying Squad has arrested 10 people, including a woman, suspected to have had a role in the raid on a petrol station in Kajjansi that left a police officer dead.

The gang, code named ‘One Minute’, is believed to have staged a robebery at the petrol station where Joseph Bigirwa died two weeks ago.

The gang, according to police is led by former Sudanese refugees who allegedly left for Juba after the war broke out in December.

According to the commandant of the Police Flying Squad, Mr Charles Kataratambi, the suspects were arrested from different areas of the country including, Hoima, Iganga Mbale and Nakulabye.

“This is a new group comprising of Sudanese, Congolese and Ugandans and started operating in the country at the beginning of this year. Two of the suspects were arrested in Iganga, one in Mbale, another in Hoima and five in Nankulabye.”

Police also recovered three AK47 riffles, two from Kampala and one in Hoima District as well as one round of ammunition. A stamp from Muhacom Mobile Money in Nakulabye was also recovered.

Still at large
Despite the arrest of the 10, police is still searching for one of the leaders of the gang, a Sudanese formerly in the South Sudan police at the rank of Assistant Superidendant of Police.

Richard Olanya commonly known as Butchaman is on the police most wanted list.
According to preliminary investigations, the gang derives its name from the time they take to carry out a robbery operation.

It is said the gang’s operations are done in one minute and once they exceed, they consider the mission as having failed.

One such alleged operation is the robbery at Capital Forex Bureau in Kabalagala which lasted 58 seconds.

The group has nine cases so far recorded on its name including the murder of Bigirwa, theft of boda bodas in Gulu, robbery of two supermarkets in Iganga (Iganga shoppers and Ours Supermarket) and robbery of a supermarket in Kayunga, among other cases.