Nine arrested over phone ‘call’ conning

The kampala Metropolitan Police is holding nine suspects at Katwe Police station over allegedly defrauding people using mobile phones by calling them and claiming that they have won prizes or by sending fake mobile money messages

The deputy KMP Spokesperson ASP Luke Owoyesigyire on Thursday said the group that has been operating in the areas of Masajja, Makindye-Sabagabo in Wakiso District, was arrested following an intelligence-led operation on Wednesday evening.

“‘Call Call’ conmen, as they are commonly known, use false pretense, tell their unsuspecting victims to send them money. The same group break into people’s houses and steal household property” he said.

Owoyesigyire said during the operation, suspected stolen items were recovered from the suspects residents including three television sets, music systems, machetes and government stores.

“They also had marijuana in their possession. This group, commanded by Michael Kinalwa, who was also arrested, had for a long time turned Kosovo zone, a no-go area, by attacking whoever is not known in the area” he said.

“They have on several occasions stoned and ganged up against police officers during arrests in their area.  On Sunday, 07/03/2021, at around 2pm, they attacked one Nagasha while driving in the area and robbed her bag containing about US$30,000 and UShs300,000. A one Musudan stopped the vehicle, banged the door and when the frightened lady opened the door, they grabbed the bag and took off” he added.

Owoyesigyire said Musudan alleged he took the bag and its contents to their gang leader Kinalwa, who later gave him a day’s allowance

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