Kampala, Uganda | URN | Police are hunting for thugs who raided a Riham depot on Friday 22, September 2023 night in Ntinda and shot at its manager after failing to get money from him.
The injured manager has been identified by police detectives as Mr. Sserunkuma Abdul, 27 who is currently receiving treatment at Life Link Hospital.
Sserunkuma has reportedly told police that at around 8 pm, armed men gained access to his office and quickly put him at gunpoint. He said that the robbers ordered him to surrender all the money that was in his possession.
“I told them that I did not have any money on me. I think they thought I was deceiving them and they decided to shoot at me. They took my phones and some small money that was on me (Shs 21,000),” Sserunkuma reportedly told detectives.
The incident has since been taken over by Kira Road policing division which is working with the Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) team to ascertain the movement of the attackers who are believed to have used a motorcycle.
A witness told Ntinda police officers who arrived at the scene about 30 minutes later that the attackers came on a motorcycle disguised as customers. One of them was wearing something that looked like a jacket which is believed to have been used to conceal the gun.
“We heard a bullet inside the depot and we saw these people swiftly leaving this place. They even fired some bullets outside perhaps to scare us away,” a witness told police.
It is reported that one of the attackers looked like a person often seen in Ntinda. Luke Owoyesigyire, the deputy Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson confirmed that the attackers injured two people in the incident. He added that the robbers shot at Sserunkuma because he did not have the money they wanted.
It is alleged that the attackers had studied the movement patterns of Riham depot staff when going to bank the money. Armed robberies have often targeted mobile money agents and supermarkets that are found of keeping large sums of money up to late night hours.
A number of people operating mobile money shops and supermarkets have been shot to death or injured in areas of Nsangi, Kyengera, Kajjansi, Kassanda, Mubende, and Kyotera in the last four months.