Joint Operation Recovers Stolen Trailer and Fuel: Flying Squad and URA Enforcement at Work

The Flying Squad Unit, in coordination with URA Enforcement and Jinja police, conducted an operation in Jinja City, successfully recovering a fuel tanker (registration number UBH 904U) and trailer (registration number UAT 093W) loaded with diesel. The tanker was hijacked from Magamaga highway in Mayuge district as it was en route from Kenya to Fortportal. The victims, Odyek Douglas (39 years old, driver) and Okello Emmanuel (26 years old, turnman), were intercepted by unknown assailants in a Toyota Wish at Wandhago village, Magamaga, along the Iganga-Kampala highway on 23.10.2023 at around 9 pm. Their fuel tanker, carrying 34,000 litres of diesel destined for Fortportal, was hijacked, and their personal belongings, including mobile phones, were stolen.

The police tracked down the trailer and recovered it at Mailo Mbili Jinja North Division, discovering that the fuel had been offloaded at JAFRA Fuel station in Kubiri Kamuli road. A total of 33,500 litres of diesel was recovered during the operation. Two suspects have been arrested so far: Ashaba Henry, the manager of JAFRA petrol station, and Katono Anitah, a pump attendant, both of whom allegedly participated in the theft of fuel. The Flying Squad Unit continues its efforts, arresting more suspects and recovering vehicle number plates, military-like digital uniforms, reflector jackets, and four caps.

The police wants to reassure all transporters of goods along the Mbale-Iganga-Kampala highway that efforts are underway to dismantle the entire criminal gang that has been terrorizing them. The arrest of these suspects highlights the police’s unwavering commitment to eliminating criminal activities in the transport sector.