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Bishop Stuart University student kidnaps self, demands a ransom

By Vision Reporter

Added 24th May 2018 11:08 AM

Since the year begun Mbarara police has registered over seven cases of kidnap in the region; of which one was a serious one and the rest were faked.

Bishop Stuart University student kidnaps self, demands a ransom

Since the year begun Mbarara police has registered over seven cases of kidnap in the region; of which one was a serious one and the rest were faked.

PIC: BSU student who faked his kidnap, Evans Ariho. (Credit:Adolf Ayoreka)
 
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By Adolf Ayoreka
 
MBARARA - Police in Mbarara are holding a 29-year old man for faking his kidnap, demanding a ransom from his parents.
 
The suspect was identified as Evans Ariho a second-year student of Bishop Stuart University(BSU) pursuing a Diploma in animal health.
 
The faked kidnap was confirmed by the Rwizi region police spokesperson Samson Kasasira.
 
"On Wednesday May 16, a business man dealing in fire wood and charcoal by the names of Ariho Evans who is also a student of Bishop Stuart University in faked a kidnap that was reported at police but on tracking we were able to find Evans before he withdrew the money" he said
 
Kasasira added that Ariho called his parents in Bugamba Sub-county in Rwampara, Mbarara district, demanding for sh2m to save his life from kidnappers which was sent.
 
" After recieving the money, he came out of hiding. We were able to catch him and arrested him from Mbarara where his parents stay," Kasasira reported
 
"He told the parents that he had been kidnapped and if the money was not sent, he was going to be killed.
 
"However, on carrying out investigations we discovered it was a fake kidnap."
 
Ariho told New Vision on Wednesday while at police that he masterminded the deal to get money to top up to his business and also clear tuition at the university.
 
"I did this because I knew my parents won't give me money to grow my business," Ariho said. 
 
Kasasira said the money was recovered and the student detained at Mbarara Central police station pending for court prosecution on charges of obtaining property with menace.
 
"The parents had reported the case and had already sent him sh2m on his phone but the money was still on his phone and we recovered it" Kasasira noted.
 
Kasasira also confirmed that there have been several faked cases of kidnap in the region.
 
On April 16, Mellon Nabasa, aged 45 also faked his lied to her brother that she had been kidnapped and that the kidnaper wanted sh3m.
 
Nabasa, a business woman from Katete ward, Nyamitanga division in Mbarara Municipality had planned the kidnap with her friend, Beatrice Kyomuhangi.
 
Kyomuhangi is reported to have called Nabasa's brother, Martin Kakuru to inform him of his sister's kidnap and her fate if he failed to deliver sh3m to the 'kidnapers.'
 
After sending her the money, she surfaced alive but was arrested. On interrogations she told police that she had accumulated loans and school fees for her children.
 
Kasasira also added that since the year begun over seven cases of kidnap have been registered in the region of which one was a serious one and the rest were faked. 
 

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