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The Flying Squad Unit in coordination with URA Enforcement and Jinja police, carried out an operation in Jinja City and recovered a fuel tanker registration number UBH 904U (head trailer) and trailer registration number UAT 093W, loaded with diesel, that was robbed from Magamaga highway in Mayuge district, as it was heading to Fortpotal from Kenya. The victims, who include; Odyek Douglas, a 39 year old driver, and Okello Emmanuel a 26 year old, turnman were on the 23.10.2023 at around 9pm, intercepted by unknown assailants in a Toyota Wish, at Wandhago village, Magamaga along the Iganga- Kampala highway, and their fuel tanker with 34,000 litres of diesel destined from Fortportal, hijacked. All their personal belongings including mobile phones were robbed from them.

They tracked down the trailer and recovered it at Mailo Mbili Jinja North Division. And found when the fuel had been offloaded at JAFRA Fuel station in Kubiri Kamuli road. The fuel totaling 33,500 litres of diesel was recovered.

So far two suspects have been arrested. These include Ashaba Henry, the manager, JAFRA petrol station and Katono Anitah, a pump attendant who both allegedly participated in the theft of fuel. The Flying Squad Unit, has arrested more suspects and recovered vehicle number plates, military like digital uniforms, reflector jackets and four caps.

We want to reassure all transporters of goods along the Mbale-Iganga – Kampala highway that efforts are in place to crack the entire criminal gang that was terrorising them. The arrest of the suspects demonstrates our commitment and resolve to rid the transport sector of criminality.

SCP Enanga Fred

Police Spokesperson

31st October 2023

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