Former UPDF Soldier Turned ADF Arrested after Sneaking into the Country to Attack Concert Goers

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The Joint Anti-Terrorism Task Force has successfully apprehended a former Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) deserter who had joined the ranks of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The individual, identified as Ndarike Hassan, was arrested after he illegally entered Uganda with the intention of carrying out an attack on concert goers.

According to SCP Fred Enanga, the Uganda Police spokesperson, Ndarike Hassan had deserted the UPDF in 2016 and pledged allegiance to the ADF, operating in the neighboring country.

“Our Joint Anti-Terrorism team, in cooperation with the Buyende District Security Committee, managed to arrest Ndarike Hassan, who was a former soldier under the command of ADF’s Ali Isma,” Enanga revealed during a press conference held at the Police headquarters in Naguru.

It has been reported that Ndarike Hassan had infiltrated Uganda in February 2024, jeopardizing public safety by specifically targeting revelers attending a music show in Kikamba sub-county. Thanks to the vigilance and swift action of the security forces, the potential threat was neutralized without any harm coming to the public.

“The suspect was promptly arrested and subsequently handed over to the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) for further investigation and management. This arrest serves as a reminder that betrayal does not go unpunished and highlights the unwavering commitment of our Joint Anti-Terrorism Task Force,” said Enanga.

The police spokesperson also took the opportunity to caution security personnel against any acts of betrayal or negligence, emphasizing the importance of upholding their oath to protect the nation.

“Our security units are vigilant and will hold accountable those who break their oath to protect our nation. We will not tolerate acts of betrayal or breaches of trust. We call upon all security personnel, present and former, to remain steadfast in our mission to safeguard our country and its citizens,” Enanga urged.

The arrest of Ndarike Hassan serves as a testament to the effectiveness of the security operation and reiterates the dedication of Ugandan authorities to maintaining the safety and peace of the nation. The Joint Anti-Terrorism Task Force continues to work tirelessly to identify and thwart potential threats, ensuring the wellbeing of the populace.

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