Masaka police are holding five foreign nationals accused of robbing 4 million shillings from a mobile money agent along Elgin Street in Masaka town. The suspects were picked on Tuesday evening following a chase that last for close to two hours. They are Hassan Abdullah, Ibrahim Galisa, Acasia Nurudin, a student of Moi University in Kenya, Fatuma Faraja and Mwajuma Gidu.
Flora Nakanwagi, the robbery victim claims that Hassan Abdullah, one of the suspects drove to her shop driving in a vehicle registration number UAT 162U in the company of three women. She claims that Abdullah asked the women to return to the vehicle before he approached her and inquired whether she he had 2 million shillings.
Nakanwagi claims that when she replied in the affirmative the suspect ordered her to retrieve the money. She claims that no sooner had she opened her drawer than the suspect grabbed her by the neck and emptied it before fleeing off into the waiting car and drove off. Her neighbors Muhammad Yiga and Sande Mutesasira raised an alarm, which attracted boda boda who started chasing the suspects.
Yiga says they also called up the police patrol team, which joined the chase. Police intercepted the suspect’s vehicle at Kimwanyi along Masaka –Mbarara Highway forcing them to stop.
Angry residents stormed Masaka Central Police Station to lynch the suspects forcing police to use batons to disperse them.
Ogwal Khasule, the Greater Masaka Region Traffic Officer describes the arrest of the suspects as one of the most successful police missions. He says they took a huge risk to chase the suspect on a busy highway. Khasule also says that they have impounded the vehicle that was being use by the suspect.Noah Sserunjoji, the Greater Masaka Region Police Spokesperson says the suspects are facing charges of theft.