French national robbed at Nyege Nyege festival, four arrested


Four suspects are being held at Buwenge Central Police Station in Jinja District for allegedly robbing a French national during the ongoing Nyege Nyege festival.
The suspects in custody include a 27-year-old student from Makerere University Business School (MUBS) – Jinja campus. Police arrested the suspects after Quentin Perie Jolu33 accused them of hitting him with a blunt object before fleeing with his phone and other valuables.

Quentin is one of the revelers attending the four-day festival at Itanda Falls in Butagaya sub-county, which has attracted thousands of revelers from different parts of the world. A team of officers from the Police Health Services Unit and their counterparts from the Red Cross Society found Quentin lying unconscious along the banks of the Nile and rushed him to the health center of Butagaya III for more in-depth support.

He then identified his attackers. Police said the suspects identified as Walker Enyonyozi, 27, a MUBS student, Eddy Ssekamwa, 26, John Kasule, 30, and Abdul Sseguya, 24, confessed to orchestrating several robberies but have since denied attacking Quentin.
In his statement, Kasule explains that they operate in teams of four and largely target women’s handbags and jewelry.
“We are based in Kampala city and only came to this festival as partygoers, but our coordinator here is Enyonyozi who helps us spot soft targets with expensive jewelry and designer handbags” , did he declare.

He revealed that the rest of their teammates are then dispatched to initiate marital relations with their victims before stealing their valuables.
Kiira Regional Police spokesman James Mubi said they deployed detectives to recover the $1,500, iPhone, money order credit card and other valuables from Quentin, that had been stolen from him during last night’s attack.

Mubi notes that a team of police detectives and their CMI counterparts have been dispatched to intensify efforts to root out criminal-minded elements from the festival venue. Mubi added that they have also issued a WhatsApp hotline number, where revelers and exhibitors can file their complaints for prompt police response.


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