10 Arrested for forging National Identity Cards

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The Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, says police also recovered several machines that were being used to print the forged national Identity cards and also sealed off some of the shops as crime scenes.

Ten people believed to be part of a racket forging national identity cards in Kampala are in police custody. The suspects, whose particulars have been withheld, were picked up in an operation conducted by Kampala Metropolitan Police in Kampala Central business district over the past two weeks.


During the operation, police raided Miracle Arcade on Nasser Road where some of the people involved in forging National Identity cards were found. More than 40 forged national Identity cards and 7 driving permits were recovered during the search.

The raid was based on information provided by a suspect who was picked up with a forged driving Permit. The Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, says police also recovered several machines that were being used to print the forged national Identity cards and also sealed off some of the shops as crime scenes.
 


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Preliminary findings indicate that the  suspects together with others still at large have been using NIN numbers of people with legit national identity card.
 

They would change the names, picture and other details to include those of the person in need of the forged identity card. Police suspect that some of the NINs were picked from people who present their IDs for photocopying.

 

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