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Nakaseke, Uganda | By Michael Wandati | The two schoolgirls, Phionah Tusingwire, 4, and Patience Tarindeka, 5, who were abducted last Friday in Nakaseke for a ransom of Shs 35 million, have been located abandoned near Kabaale bridge.

The suspect, identified as Sande, allegedly abducted the schoolgirls while performing his duties as a contracted boda boda rider responsible for transporting them to and from Apex Model Primary School in Nakaseke district using his boda boda, registration number, UFB 009B.

According to Sam Twiineamazima, the Savannah Regional police spokesperson, the girls, who were supposed to return home at the end of the school day, did not arrive. The incident was reported to Kirangazi Police Station by the juveniles’ mother, Scovia Kayesu.

Twiineamazima explained that Sande, after abducting the girls, demanded a ransom of Shs 35 million from their father, using the phone numbers 0787479887 and 0785829760 to contact the parents. Police, aided by tracking technology, initially traced the suspect to Kiboga district before he moved to Kyankwanzi district.

The father of the juveniles after being reunited with them.

Facing pressure from the police and the community, the suspect decided to abandon the children near the Kabaale bridge, which serves as a boundary between Kyankwanzi and Nakaseke districts.

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The discovery of the victims occurred on Saturday around 11:20 am.

A medical examination at Ngoma Health Centre IV found no evidence of sexual harassment.

The motorcycle (registration number UFB 009B) used in the abduction was located a short distance away.

Twiineamazima confirmed that the children have been successfully reunited with their families.