Police Rescue 4-year-old Boy Abducted Over Debt


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Kabalagala police station has successfully recovered a 4-year-old boy identified as Engole Mark, who was abducted from Kanyogoga village in Bukasa district on July 4, 2023.

According to Luke Oweyesigyire, the ASP Deputy KMP, Basilika Jacklin, the victim’s mother, claims that her friend Kihembo Sharon approached her and asked for help in locating some personal items left at the bodaboda stage. Trusting her friend, Jacklin agreed to accompany Sharon, taking her son, Engole along.

“As Jacklin waited for their return, she received distressing information from another friend, Alenyo Grace, who informed her that Sharon had demanded a payment of UGX 200,000, which she claimed Jacklin owed her. Sharon insisted that only after receiving the money would she return Jacklin’s child,” said Oweyesigyire.

Oweyesigyire stated that Jacklin confirmed that she had borrowed the mentioned amount from Sharon during her pregnancy and had agreed to repay it in August, as previously discussed. The suspect’s whereabouts remained unknown, and the motive behind the abduction appeared to stem from the disputed loan. Sharon had subsequently demanded a ransom of UGX 800,000 for the safe return of Engole Mark.

“Prompt action was taken by the police, and a case of abduction was immediately opened at Kanyogoga Police Post. Statements were recorded from relevant witnesses to aid in the rapid resolution of the matter. In a breakthrough development, Kihembo Sharon was apprehended earlier today, July 6, 2023, at Nakasero Market and is under police custody,” said Oweyesigyire.

Oweyesigyire stated that Sharon led the authorities to the location where she had concealed the child in Salama Makindye Division. And the child has been re-united with his parents and is in good health.

” We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the community members who provided information and assisted in the investigation. The collaboration between the police and the public played a pivotal role in the recovery of Engole Mark,” said Owoyesigyire.

The police urge the public to remain vigilant, report any suspicious activities to the nearest police station, and refrain from engaging in any form of illegal lending or borrowing, as it can lead to grave consequences.

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