"We are questioning him to find more information that can help us neutralise these iron bar hitmen criminals," Police says.
PIC: The suspect (left) failed to account for a list of 18 number plates found in his phone. (Photo source: Kampala Metropolitan Police)
KAMPALA - Robert Okello was found with a new motorcycle having an old number plate (UEO 698K) in Amuriat district. Residents got suspicious and immediately alerted Police.
He is now a suspect after he was arrested following the tip-off.
Okello is suspected to be an iron bar hitman belonging to one of the gangs notorious for robbing bodaboda riders of their motorcycles.
Police, in a statement, said they found him with a list of 18 number plates which he could not account for.
Later, after his arrest, it was discovered that the motorcyle Okello had been found with was stolen property.
"Upon Okello's arrest, we co-ordinated with our emergence response unit, who confirmed that the motorcycle found in his possession was stolen and reported missing by Gerald Mubangizi, a resident of Kikaaya," Police said in a statement posted on their Facebook page.
The suspect is being interrogated at Kira Road Police Station, where remains in custody.
"We are questioning him to find more information that can help us neutralise these iron bar hitmen criminals," they added.
"We also discovered a list of 18 number plates in the suspect's phone. Our team liaised with URA (Uganda Revenue Authority) to ascertain the particulars of the rightful owners of these number plates and we found that many owners of these number plates had been killed by thieves.
"Those alive confirmed that they are bedridden and their motorcycles had been reported stolen," Police said.
"Some of the listed motorcycle number plates found in Okello's phone include;