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Police say its spokesperson evaded suspected attackers on boda

Police confirm that Patrick Onyango had to act fast and change his movement to shake off suspected assailants on boda boda.

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SECURITY | Uganda Police Force deputy spokesperson Patrick Onyango had to act fast in Kireka Thursday evening to avoid possible attack by suspected assailants on boda boda.

Police say they have opened investigations into the incident in which yet another senior officer in the force could have been attacked by assassins.

“While Onyango was returning home last evening, around 10:30pm, he suspected that two boda boda riders were probably following him, with possibly a had motive,” Police spokesperson Emilian Kayima said in a statement.

“He took action by changing strategy of his movement. He called up Police in the area to intervene which was done immediately. The police escorted him home safely.”

On Thursday evening, some accounts suggested that Onyango had to jump off a motorcycle he was travelling on to evade the suspicious boda boda riders that were trailing him.

But Police said he was not injured as alleged on social media.

Onyango is a senior cop at the rank of Superintendent of Police.

If the allegations hold, it means he would be the third senior police officer to come to or survive an attack by assailants. But the first to survive.

Last month, Mohammed Kirumira, at the rank of Assistant Superintend of Police, was gunned down by assailants said to have been riding on motorcycles near his home in Bulenga.

The former Old Kampala and Buyende DPC was the second high profile officer felled by a shower of bullets after Felix Kaweesi in March 2017. He was at the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police.

Besides the police officers, state prosecutor Joan Kagezi, UPDF Major Muhammed Kiggundu and MP Ibrahim Abiriga were all shot dead by assailants said to have approached them while riding on boda boda.

In all the cases, the assailants are said to have been riding on boda boda and opened fire on their target near their home.

President Museveni has always faulted Police for what he called rudimentary approach to crime solving and rallied for surveillance cameras to be installed in urban areas.

After the killing of Kirumira, Museveni invoked what he called the Luwero methods that will “24,000 reservists, mainly crime preventers and LDUs, armed and poured into the metropolitan districts of Kampala and Wakiso to beef efforts to combat crime.

Police have appealed to the public to always be vigilant and alert and report such suspicious characters to the nearest police for quick and appropriate action.

Kayima instructed all territorial commanders (RPCs, DPCs OC Stations) to share their contacts with the the public in their areas of responsibility to ease quick and effective coordination of security alerts and responses.

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