PALLISA – Police in Pallisa District have apprehended six individuals, including five traditional healers, on charges of extortion and human trafficking.
The arrested individuals are; Umar Omaiso, aged 28, a traditional healer from Moru Village, Nabitende-Kamuge Town Council, Muhammad Wanna, aged 24, a traditional healer from Moru Village, Loy Nayigino, aged 23, a traditional healer from Kalapata Village, Hadijja Gimba, aged 50, a traditional healer from Kalapata Village, Rashid Bedo, aged 32, a traditional healer, Anthony Omio, aged 40, a peasant from Kagoli Village in Pallisa District.
The suspects targeted Mugambe Joseph, who was unemployed after losing his supervisor position at Rubees Petrol Station in Mukono. They promised to purify him of ill omens and facilitate his job reinstatement.
After enticing him, they held Mugambe Joseph captive for five days, starting from August 21, 2023, until August 25, 2023. During his captivity, they coerced him into using his mobile phone to extort money from his relatives. In total, they managed to extract UGX 880,000/= from his family members. Additionally, they confiscated his Bajaj motorcycle with registration number UEH 573A.
The incident was promptly reported to the police, leading to the rescue of the victim and the recovery of his motorcycle, which has since been documented as evidence.
Uganda Police spokesperson SCP Fred Enanga reiterated the police force’s unwavering dedication to eradicating human trafficking networks. This commitment stems from the aim of reducing the risks associated with extortion and exploitation that many innocent citizens fall victim to.
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