Jinja: In a recent operation, police in Jinja intercepted a boda-boda rider transporting four stolen slaughtered goats and nine chickens packed in sacks along the Wairaka section of the Jinja-Iganga highway.
The incident was confirmed by SP James Mubi, the Kiira Region Police Spokesperson, who revealed that the yet-to-be-identified suspect managed to flee the scene. Mubi stated that the Kiira Region Integrated Highway Police Patrol, which operates from the stretch of the new bridge up to Magaga, made the recovery early on Friday morning. The motorcycle involved in the incident was identified as a Bajaj Boxer with registration number UDZ 562N.
According to Mubi, the rider was en route from Iganga to Bugembe in Jinja, where there is a ready market for “Muchomo” (grilled meat). As a result, the Kiira and Sezibwa regions’ police have heightened security measures at the source of the Nile bridges to prevent such incidents.
In recent times, the police have imposed restrictions on nighttime movements across the old railway bridge and the new bridge following the arrest of armed criminals who were using the old railway bridge for illicit activities. Additionally, heightened security measures have been implemented to protect key government installations, including power stations such as Kiira, Bujagali, and Isimba, given their critical nature.
Furthermore, Kiira police, with the aid of CCTV cameras, successfully recovered two stolen vehicles, a Pajero with registration number UAD 666X and a Toyota Camry with registration number UAK 923P. These vehicles were reported stolen from Igenge Hill in Bugembe on Wednesday night by unknown suspects.
Efforts to apprehend the boda-boda rider involved in the transportation of slaughtered animals are currently underway, with the police intensifying their search for the suspect.
The incident serves as a reminder of the ongoing efforts by law enforcement agencies to combat criminal activities and ensure the safety and security of the community. The public is urged to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities to the authorities.