Police intercept taxi with kidnapped children in Bweyogerere

Two suspects detained over kidnap of the children allegedly confessed to having only wanted ransom

KIDNAP | Police have intercepted a vehicle and rescued two children from suspected kidnappers who had asked for Shs3 million ransom from the parents.

According to the children, suspects tricked them into moving with them to buy some cakes and later disappeared with them without the consent of the parents.

The father, Hajji Musa Muliika, on Sunday reported to Bweyogerere Police Station a case of kidnap of his two children; Nakula Mulika Rahma and Mulika Diin Tajudiin, from their home in Kigandazi Zone – Bweyogerere, after failing to trace them.

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“Police trackers located the calls made by the suspects to Lugazi as they kept asking for Shs3 million ransom to release the children,” Kampala Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

“On realising that Police were closing down on them, the suspects drove the children back to Kireka and were intercepted in a Toyota Hiace registration number UBB 724M.”

The taxi used in the kidnap has since been impounded as Police investigate further | COURTESY – KMP

The children were found in good health and have been re-united with their parents.

Police said the two suspects confessed to kidnap claiming that they had no intention of harming the young girls but rather to get money from the parents.

The OC. Bweyogerere ASP. Mike Mugabe said the suspects who are facing kidnap related charges have been transferred to Kira Division Police Station to help Police with investigations before being arraigned in court.

Cases of kidnap had of late gone down after an unprecedented spike late last year through to early months of the year. The rise in kidnap cases had seen cases of persons faking their kidnap to extort ransom from their loved ones.

However, cases of real kidnap have also been many, with dozens of victims killed, the most infamous of which was of Susan Magara, daughter of a prominent businessman, who brutal slaughter while a  hostage drew the attention of President Museveni and culminated in the sacking of former IGP Kale Kayihura.

Additional reports from KMP

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