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Jinja couple arrested for faking kidnap to raise tuition fees

 

The Kiira regional police spokesperson, James Mubi.

Jinja, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Police in Kiira region on Saturday confirmed the arrest of Faridah Namugera and her husband, Michael Ngobi over faking kidnap.

It is said that, Ngobi, a resident of Buwagi cell, in Budondo ward, in Northern division, in Jinja city reported to police on how Namugera had been kidnapped by unknown assailants as she went for antenatal services at Budondo health center IV on 3rd, January, 2024.

Ngobi also alleged that, Namugera had been bundled up in motor vehicle of Noah series, black in color and sped off to unknown location under the watch of onlookers in the area.

Ngobi further added his wife was taken to a private home in Jami village, in Budaka district, where the assailants were using her phone to call him for a ransom of two million shillings.

However, Ngobi’s information contradicted with information extracted from witnesses who claimed to have seen Namugera board a taxi to Amber court stage in southern division, in Jinja city, before jumping on a motorcycle, which sped off towards the Jinja-Iganga highway.

Following these parallel reports, police mobilized 1.4 Million Shillings, teamed with flying squad personnel and senior trackers, where GPS coordinates confirmed that, Namugera was in Namulesa ward, in Northern division, in Jinja city.

The Kiira regional police spokesperson, James Mubi says that, Namugera was rounded off from her friend’s house in Namulesa ward yesterday night.

Mubi says that, the duo are currently detained at Buwenge central police station, where they are facing three counts of faking kidnap, causing tension in the public and providing police with misleading information.

Meanwhile, the couple has confessed to the crimes and apologized claiming that, they only faked the kidnap to raise tuition fees for their four children.

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