A police detective officer attached to Kabagala Police station has committed suicide in cells at Mawanda Road Police Station. A police spokesperson has confirmed.

According to Luke Owoyesigire the Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson the police officer identified as James Ogwal 42 year a detective was arrested after being mentioned in the robbery of Motorcycles in Kampala.

This follow an arrest of another serial thief identified as Robert Okello who also revealed him.

Okello told the police that he and others still at large had been hired by the police officer to steal the motorcycles whose number plates they would change and later sell in other districts.

Owoyesigire adds that Ogwal used a bathing sponge to hang himself in the cell’s bathroom.

Sources said Ogwal has been working under a very big racket commanded by senior police officers whom he said on his arrest but refused to identify in his statement for fear of his life.

Three men suspected to be part of the group of thugs that hit Boda boda riders in Kampala city, Mukono and Wakiso districts were arrested on Tuesday by Katwe police after they were identified by victims of deadly missions.

Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, identified the thugs currently detained at Katwe police station as; Mr Muzamir Katende, a resident of Namasuba, Mr Asuman Kiyemba, a Bujjuko dweller and Mr Robert Sserunjogi, of Kasenge in Nakawuka.

“These suspects have willingly confessed to have been engaging in robberies and we have opened a case on SD REF 06/31/03/2018 at Katwe Police Station. They waylay the Boda boda riders at different spots on major roads where they clobber them with iron bars and take off with their motorcycles,” Mr Owoyesigyire said.

Police quoting the suspects’ statements said the thugs dismantle the stolen motorcycles into spare parts which they sell at different shops in Kibuye, Katwe near Ring Road and Kisekka Business area.

“We have recovered seven suspected stolen motorcycles in their possession from Luffuka Katwe and our teams are in collaboration with URA (Uganda Revenue Authority) so as to establish and confirm ownership details of the motorcycles,” he said.

A fortnight ago, Sharif Nsubuga, a Boda boda rider in Kyanja in Nakawa Division, was found killed by unknown assailants and dumped in a bush three weeks after he had bought a new Bajaj boxer motorcycle. The incident came barely a month after another Boda boda rider was discovered killed in Kasubi Market.

The body of James Ogwal has been taken to Mulago city mortuary for a postmortem.