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Kidnaps: Police urges vigilance

By Jeff Andrew Lule

Added 30th April 2019 04:04 PM

27 kidnap cases have so far been recorded since the start of 2019

Kidnaps: Police urges vigilance

Police spokesperson Fred Enanga called on extra vigilance in the communities. Photo by Shamim Saad

27 kidnap cases have so far been recorded since the start of 2019

 

Early this month, the media was awash with stories on the kidnap of US tourist Kimberly Sue Endicott and her Ugandan tour guide, Jean Paul Mirenge, at the Queen Elizabeth National Park.

The two were later released after a ransom of over sh100m was paid to their kidnappers.

However, their ordeal received intense media coverage considering the personalities involved, but the Police say cases or kidnap are rampant.

The Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, said 27 kidnap cases have so far been recorded since the start of 2019, which he says is a worrying statistic.

"Eight were registered in January, while 19 were registered between February and April. Two victims were found dead and two are still missing," Enanga said.

He stressed that some kidnaps are out of negligence and also noted that some were found to be self-kidnaps.

Enanga stressed that parents and people in the communities need to be watchful about children; who gets close to them and where they go, especially when children are returning home for holidays.

He warned people against exposing their photos, those of their children and relatives, their property and detailed personal information.

He noted that this makes it easy for the kidnappers.

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