Police Investigates Kidnap For Ransom In Gulu District

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According to Ojara, the group threatened to kill his wife should he attempt to engage security in the matter. Lamaro told Police shortly after her release that the unidentified men wearing masks picked her from her home and blindfolded her before driving to a house she suspects to be in Gulu Town.

Police are investigating unidentified gang behind the kidnap of people in Gulu district for ransom.  The investigations stem from the kidnap of Sarah Lamaro, the wife of Atkinson Ojara, the Lamogi Sub County LC III chairperson over the weekend.
 
 
The Kidnappers demanded for a ransom of Shillings 500,000 before they could release the 20-year-old Lamaro. Ojara says the kidnappers contacted him for the money, saying they were holding his wife who had gone missing from Wii Anono Village in Lamogi Sub on Friday evening.
 
 
According to Ojara, the group threatened to kill his wife should he attempt to engage security in the matter. Lamaro told Police shortly after her release that the unidentified men wearing masks picked her from her home and blindfolded her before driving to a house she suspects to be in Gulu Town.
 
 
She says the kidnappers showed her military uniform as they demanded for money from her husband using her phone number. Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa River Region police spokesperson, says they are holding Lamaro to help police investigations into the incident.
 
 
Okema says the incident is suspect since the money was withdrawn from Lamaro's mobile phone number at about 1:30 PM from undisclosed mobile money agent. Shortly after receiving the cash, the kidnappers released Lamaro in Keyo village, few Kilometers from Labongogali in Amuru district and vanished.
 
 
Although the case is the first of its kind in Aswa River region, kidnapping for ransom is not new in Uganda. In 2010, kidnappers killed one and half- year-old Khan Kakama, a son to Sven Karekaho, an employee of Uganda Revenue Authority after receiving a ransom of Shillings 30 Million.

 
The kidnappers picked Kakama from her parent's home in Bulogobi in Kampala on June 8th 2010. One of the suspects was apprehended two years later and pleaded guilty to murder. Police also recovered several exhibits relating to the murder.