The Territorial Police in Kampala Metropolitan Police (KMP) South and Nateete are investigating circumstances under which Sseginuja Mohammed, a 6-year-old male juvenile was kidnapped.
Sseginuja is the son of Nassazi Sarah, aged 22, and a resident of Mutundwe-Mbawo zone in Rubaga division, Kampala district from where he was kidnapped.
Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, narrated that the victim was lured by a male stranger, who offered to go and buy for him a bicycle, as a birthday gift at the nearest shop.
That’s how he disappeared, Enanga said, adding that an immediate search was conducted in the neighbourhood but all in vain and the matter was reported to the police.
The victim was later abandoned with a boda boda rider at Kisenyi, from whom the stranger had borrowed a phone make a phone, in order to make a phone call. He disappeared with it and abandoned the victim as bait with the bodaboda rider.
The area police recovered the victim and reunited him with his parents.
Enanga said the new trick is becoming common in Rubaga division. He cautioned members of the public, to desist from handing over their mobile phones, wherever, a person approaches them with a young child.
“We further encourage them, to interview the victim and find out, if they are related to the person with them or not. In this very instance, the bodaboda rider remained with the child, not knowing that he was the kidnap victim,” Enanga explained.
Adding, “It is a shame that criminals would use a child to participate as bait. As observed, criminals are coming up with new tricks of defrauding and stealing from people, but the use of innocent children, is inhuman and a violation of children’s rights. Efforts are in place to identify the suspect and ensure that he is brought to book.”