Police Unconditionally Releases Sobi Top story

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However, highly placed sources at Nalufenya police facility told URN this morning that the trio was unconditionally released on Tuesday night.

Police has unconditionally released self-confessed criminal Paddy Sserunjoji alias Sobi and his two accomplices, Shafiq Kisozi and Tim Twaha. The suspects were released on Tuesday evening only a few hours following their transfer from Nsangi Police station in Wakiso to Nalufenya in Jinja district for interrogations.

Police picked up the trio from Rose Garden Hotel in Nsangi Wakiso District   early this week for interrogations in relation to their confession to the media that they were behind numerous murders and robberies in Kampala. 

However, highly placed sources at Nalufenya police facility told URN this morning that the trio was unconditionally released on Tuesday night. "We just got orders to release the suspects. We still don't know why they were released," the source told URN on condition of anonymity. 

Police Spokesperson, Emilian Kayima only confirmed the release of the suspects without divulging any details. "It's true, we have released him. That's all I can say for now," Kayima said. At the time of their arrest, Kayima said they wanted the suspects to reveal the officers they have been collaborating with to commit crime. 

He even asked members of the public to volunteer information against the trio. The 38-year-old Sobi stopped working with police three months ago and joined the Internal Security Organisation (ISO). Sobi started working with police in 2016 following his release from Luzira prison where he had spent the last four years on charges of aggravated robbery and Murder.

 Sobi was picked up in 2012 and remanded to Luzira following his involvement in numerous criminal incidents. He was released on bail and immediately resumed his criminal activities. Before Sobi went rogue, he was working as a police informer in Kampala Metropolitan Police area.

As a criminal, Sobi and his gang ventured into petty crime like snatching bags and phones in the streets and concerts in Kampala before graduating into armed robbery and murder. Sobi managed to engage in a cat and mouse game with police for more than 4 years until he was nabbed in 2012 because of his strong connections in the police and judiciary.
In 2012, High Court sentenced Sobi to four years in jail after he was found guilty of robbing a Forex bureau in Kampala. After his release from Prison, he was recruited by the Inspector General of Police-IGP, Kale Kayihura to join the police special Operations Unit as an intelligence operative. 


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Dear Jeanne is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Jeanne has been a URN staff member since 2014.

Jeanne started out as a political and crime reporter for NBS television in 2010. She went on to become a news director at the station before leaving in 2012 to join The Daily Monitor as an investigative reporter in 2012.

Jeanne is ambitious to improve her investigative reporting skills. Jeanne’s focus for much of her five year career has been to report on crime and security.