How boda boda hit man evaded police arrest

Friday October 18 2019

Police evidence. CCTV footage showing the

Police evidence. CCTV footage showing the hitman riding the boda boda stolen from Mr Umar Yiga (inset). PHOTOS BY TOM MALABA 

By TOM MALABA

Police are hunting for an iron bar hitman who eluded police arrest after stealing a motorcycle near Masanafu abattoir in Rubaga Division, Kampala, only to be captured by CCTV cameras escaping to Mukono District.
Mr Umar Yiga, 20, yesterday narrated how his motorcycle was robbed on October 3 as he escorted his brother to his home in Bujuko, Wakiso District.

Mr Yiga, who happened to have a tracking device installed on his phone, narrated how he mapped out the robber’s movements. On the fateful day, Mr Yiga with his brother, Mr Daudi Semukete, left for Bujuko, with the latter riding the bike. As they headed towards Masanafu at around 1am, a stranger emerged from one side of the road and hit Mr Semukete with an iron bar on the head.
The unconscious Semukete fell off the motorcycle and as Mr Yiga sought help from nearby people, the robber then used the opportunity to take off with the motorcycle.

Mr Yiga said he then picked up a police officer from a police post in Mengo next to Sanyu Babies Home to follow up the robber. He said when they reached Owino Market, they found the motorcycle parked on Kafumbe Mukasa Road with the engine running.
He added that the police officer fired two bullets at the fleeing robber but missed him and shot another bullet in the air.
Mr Yiga, who was travelling on another motorcycle, sought the assistance of a patrol car he found near Kabaka’s palace in Lubiri to pursue the fleeing robber but when they reached Namboole, his phone run out of battery.

“When we followed the motorcycle in the patrol car, I kept asking policemen to communicate to their colleagues ahead to block the motorcycle but they did not,” Mr Yiga said.
When he charged his phone, the suspect had disabled the tracking device. The suspect was last tracked to Satellite Beach in Mukono. Mr Yiga said the footage was retrieved from a camera near Satellite Beach in Mukono.
Mr Owoyesigyire said the suspect will be arrested.
tmalaba@ug.nationmedia.com

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