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Six Arrested for Criminal Trespass in Lugazi Sugarcane Plantation Amid Land Dispute

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BUIKWE – Police in Buikwe District have apprehended six individuals on charges of criminal trespassing in a sugarcane plantation at Kataka Cable, Lugazi Municipality.

 

The suspects have been identified as Wasswa Segawa, Khalifa Amos, Mutabazi Yusuf, Ganyana James Hakim, Mugaba Benya, and Yudah Tadeo. They are currently being held at Lugazi Central Police Station.

 

According to SP Butoto Hellen, the Ssezibwa Region Police spokesperson, the police received information about a group of unknown individuals who had set up camp in the sugarcane plantation, raising concerns about their intentions and possible possession of arms. Acting on this information, the OC operation visited the area and verified the presence of the suspects.

 

In response to the situation, a Patrol vehicle was dispatched from Lugazi to reinforce the police team. This led to the interception and arrest of the six suspects. During interrogation, five of them claimed to be members of the Reserve Force of UPDF based in Kampala, while Yuda Tadeo identified himself as a Boda Boda rider operating at Simple Stage Lugazi.

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Further investigation revealed that the suspects had been brought to the location by a person named Sunday Ggiga, who is currently on the run or in hiding at an unknown location. Sunday Ggiga has an ongoing case registered under Lugazi CPS CRB/219/2023 for Malicious Damage to Property and Criminal Trespass on the same piece of land. Additionally, there is an active investigation into another case, Lugazi CRB/221/2023, related to Criminal Trespass.

 

The information gathered indicates that the suspects were acting as an advance party intending to take control of the disputed land between SCOUL and Sunday Ggiga. The latter’s conflict with the Sugar Corporation of Uganda Lugazi (SCOUL-Lugazi) has been the source of tension in the area.

 

The police are continuing their efforts to apprehend Sunday Ggiga and resolve the land dispute. The six suspects will face appropriate legal action for their involvement in the criminal trespassing incident.

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