By Our Reporter
In a bid to disrupt and dismantle violence against motorcyclists, Police through an intelligence led operation in Lira, Kwania and Apac in North Kyoga has managed to crackdown an organized criminal gang, that has been terrorising motorcyclists all over the country through stealing their Bodabodas and also recovered eleven motorcycles and number plates.
This gang, had agents and collaborators in almost every part of the country, who would identify newly bought motorcycles and plan for its robbery. The stolen motorcycles are sold in South Sudan, DRC and Kenya, Police has confirmed.
Fred Enanga the Police mouthpiece has revealed that the task team started its operations with the arrest of Okori Mondri 28, a motorcyclist at Adagaya cell, Abedi ward, Apac T/C in Apac district. Enanga says Okori was tracked down and arrested from Inomo sub-county in Kwania district, while in possession of a suspected stolen motorcycle under registration number UEU 548Q, Bajaj Boxer, red in colour.
“At the time of his arrest, he had just returned from Soroti district. His arrest led to the recovery of 10 more suspected stolen motorcycles, 5 of which were recovered from his premise and an additional 5 from his accomplices in the districts of Kwania and Apac respectively,” Enanga revealed.
Adding, “Sofar four suspects who form part of the criminal gang have been arrested. These include; Okori Modri, Okello Dan 30, a resident of Bar Opok cell in Apac Town council; Olwa Benson 32,a bodaboda rider of Abor village in Apac district and Opolo Dan 22, also a boda boda rider of Ongica village, Inomo sub county in Kwania district.
Police has also listed down recovered motorcycles, all Bajaj boxers red in color and they include; UEZ 253U, UEU 355U, UEU 584Q, UEE 337H, UEO 103Y, UEE 936K, UEW 918H,KMFJ – 433W(stolen from Kapchorwa district), UEK 300S, UFG 610P, UFD 233U (Original no UFJ 230U), stolen from Aduku Town, Kwania district. Police has also recovered six number plates which include; UEW293D, UER 258Y, UEP 293V, UFD 715N, UEE 895D, UEU 978D and all the engine numbers, chassis number and recovered number plates have been submitted to the URA for verification and details of ownership.
Police says majority of the recovered motor cycles were stolen from the districts of Soroti, Kapchorwa, Mbale and Kaberamaido and sold in the districts of Kwania and Apac. While those that were stolen from Lango sub region, were sold in Soroti, Mbale and Kapchorwa.
Adding on the arrest of the gang members, Police is on a serious manhunt for Okidi Denis, Sam Akaki, the gang leaders, both residents of Apar village and over all commanders of the gang in East Kyoga, Sipi and Elgon region.
“We have also interested ourselves on a racket that has been helping them forge log books and also other chassis and engine number, from Lira city,” Enanga went on to reveal.