Shs5.5bn Ivory Intercepted at Entebbe Airport

The Uganda Police Force have commended all Ugandans and other security agencies (UPDF, sickness UPDAF, ISO, CMI, SFC, ESO) for the vigilance exhibited during yesterday’s Martyrs Day celebrations in Namugongo.

While addressing the media at Kira Division Police Headquarters, the police spokesperson, Fred Enanga said that the celebrations ended successfully without any major public safety and security incidents.

“Despite the huge crowd of slightly above 3 million pilgrims and visitors both local and foreign, the good news is that there were no major incidents. Everyone generally had a good time with very positive spirits throughout the celebrations,” Enanga remarked.

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Enanga said that the use of latest technology was a major milestone in the ongoing work to create a world class police fit for the 21st century and flexible to accommodate the changing requirements of the police in its current frontline policing services.

“With the use of 24 hour surveillance CCTV cameras, sniffer dogs and Balloon cameras which cover 20km of surveillance, the police managed to secure the whole area hence registering a few minor cases,” Enanga reported.

He revealed that 142 suspects were arrested of which 73 are still detained at Kira Division Police Headquarters for various but minor offences that include pick-pocketing, assault, impersonation and possessing suspected stolen property.

Some of the Suspects

Some of the Suspects

“In total, 56 case files have been opened for disappearance of persons, theft, suspected stolen property and impersonation. The suspects are expected to appear before court earliest tomorrow.”

Veronica Namujumba 80 years a resident of Katomye, Mutome Parish in Kyenjojo district and Alasiyo Ayinebyona 7 years a resident of Ruhinda are currently at police having failed to trace their way back home.

Alasio Ayibebyona (7yrs) and Veronica Namujumba (80yrs) are stranded at Kira Road Police

Alasio Ayibebyona (7yrs) and Veronica Namujumba (80yrs) are stranded at Kira Road Police

Enanga noted that one a sad note, a one Gertrude Birungi 40 years from Fort portal district has been registered dead due to high blood pressure.

“Birungi was first rushed to Angelina Medical Centre and later transferred to Mulago hospital from where she died.”

The Aviation Police at Entebbe International Airport on May 30, page 2015 intercepted 740 Kgs of Ivory on transit to Singapore through the Turkish Airlines.

The police spokesperson, pharm Fred Enanga has told journalists in Kampala that police intercepted 6 boxes of Ivory using radiography equipment after being cleared.

“We are currently looking for the clearing agent who is currently on run after the cargo was intercept with hopes that he will reveal the company or individuals behind the smuggling of this Ivory, pill ” Enanga revealed.

Enanga said that the intercepted Ivory worthy US $1.86M doesn’t originate from Uganda but was on transit from Tanzania.

“This cargo seems to have been the remaining batch of the one we intercepted recently since the markings on the boxes are similar.”

Early this year, the Police at Entebbe International Airport seized Ivory worth Shs1 billion as it was being smuggled out of the country.


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