The police has warned the owners and managers of petrol stations about criminal gangs targeting their businesses.
While addressing the media on Tuesday, CP Fred Enanga the Police spokesperson noted that during the previous week alone, two more aggravated robberies by criminal gangs targeting fuel stations occurred.
“Like we indicated in our previous briefings, the robbers either disguise as clients branching to refuel their vehicles, then round up the private security guards and other staff on the night shift, before robbing them; or carry out direct attacks on workers at these fuel stations deep in the night especially between 1-4am, while armed with weapons,” says Enanga.
The first incident occurred on 28/04/2022 at around 1am at Total Fuel Station Semuto Branch in Nakaseke District which was raided by 5 suspects armed with guns and iron bars.
They rounded up all the guards and staff and tied them up. And then broke the door to the offices, where they robbed all the money in the safe. In addition, they stole goods and commodities from the supermarket which they boldly loaded into a waiting motor vehicle.
The suspects also robbed a motorcycle bajaj boxer registration number UDM 829F ridden by Sembajjwe Charles who had branched for fuel. They beat him seriously and robbed his motorcycle.
The other incident happened on 30/04/2022 at around 2am when a group of thugs attacked Seka Energy petrol station in Kayunga and killed a private security guard, identified as Waiswa John aged 36.
His colleague Kasonga Suleiman, aged 37, was tied with ropes and found unconscious. He was rushed to Kayunga Regional Referral Hospital for further treatment.
According to Enanga, the thugs also vandalized two motor vehicles that were parked at the petrol station.
“Once again, we want to issue another warning to proprietors and dealers of fuel stations, to ensure they thoroughly audit the security processes, at their business premises, so as to enable them to fill the security gaps in place. In addition, all supervisors of private security organizations are instructed to increase their level of inspections, at all guard points to help enhance the levels of alertness,” said Enanga.
He added that the fact that most guards fall victim during these attacks, at fuel stations is proof of low levels of vigilance and alertness at their guard points.