The police in Kampala have arrested 9 criminal gang members following an intelligence-led operation carried out early Thursday morning by officers from Katwe police station.
The busted criminal gang that has been operating in the areas of Masajja, Makindye-Sabagabo in Wakiso District.
Luke Owoyesigyire the Kampala Metropolitan Deputy police spokesperson says that the ‘Call Call’ conmen, as they are commonly known, defraud people using mobile phones by calling them and claim that they have won prizes or sending fake mobile money messages. They using false pretence, tell their unsuspecting victims to send them money.
“The same group break into people’s houses and steal household property. During the operation, suspected stolen items were recovered from the suspects residents. They include three television sets, music systems, machetes and government stores” Owoyesigyire says.
The gang also had marijuana in their possession.
He added that the group commanded by Michael Kinalwa, who was also arrested, had for a long turned Kosovo zone, a no-go area, by attacking whoever is not known in the area and that they have on several occasions stoned and ganged up against police officers during arrests in their area.
“On Sunday, 07/03/2021, at around 1400 hours, they attacked one Nagasha while driving in the area and robbed her bag containing about US$30,000 and UShs300,000. One Musudan stopped the vehicle, banged the door and the when the frightened lady opened the door they grabbed the bag and took off. He alleges he took the bag and its contents to their gang leader Micheal Kinalwa, who later gave him a day’s allowance” Owoyesigyire added.
Nine people, including their commander, have been arrested and the operation is still going on to get rid of these criminals in the area.