A total of 58 motorcycle number plates have been recovered abandoned on the roadside by unknown assailants, the Nile Post has learnt.
At the end of last month, a one minute video that was circulated on social media showed two men who pretended to be passengers on a Boda Boda ask the rider to stop after reaching their destination but in the process, they strangled him before repeatedly hitting him on the head with a huge stone killing him instantly.
Since then, police started a crackdown on people behind the widespread robberies and murders of Boda Boda riders.
According to Kampala Metropolitan deputy Police spokesperson, ASP Luke Owoyesigyire, at around 2:30 pm the number plates were recovered abandoned at Kiroywa cell, Kiryamuli ward, Gombe division in Wakiso district.
“We suspect the ongoing operations have caused all this. Probably these are stolen and were stored somewhere. Someone might have dropped them off for fear of being found with them after our operations intensified,” Owoyesigyire said.
“We would want to thank the public for being vigilant when they noticed these number plates and took it upon themselves to inform the police which responded in time.”
Owoyesigyire said investigations have kicked off in a bid to establish the rightful owners of the number plates and the circumstances under which they were dropped.
The police mouthpiece said the operations to crackdown on Boda Boda robberies will continue in a bid to arrest everyone involved in the crime.
Following the CCTV video in which two men were captured strangling a Boda Boda rider in Mengo, Kakeeka zone, in Rubaga division, the hunt for the suspects started.
Last week, police in Katwe arrested John Bosco Mugisha, also known as Mukiga for allegedly being one of the two men captured in the CCTV video hitting Derrick Muwonge on the head, killing him instantly and stealing his motorcycle.
Mugisha confessed to have been involved in the crime together with a colleague only identified as Aloysius Tamale also known as Young Mulo(not the musician) who was also arrested later.
According to police, the duo is said to have participated in the murder of several boda boda riders in Kampala and surroundings before taking off with the motorcycles.
Police named Abdullah Nsubuga killed on January 21 in Kizungu, Makindye, Damiano Sekalala killed on April 24 in Makindye, Godfrey Nkata, who was killed on June 3, Emmanuel Gatete killed on March 13 along Salaama road in Makindye and Tom Wamala killed on June 2 as some of the victims of the criminal gang targeting Boda Boda riders.
Following the breakthrough, police intensified operations in a bid to crack down on those involved in the crime leading to the arrest of more suspects as well as recovery of more than 40 motorcycles suspected to have been stolen.
Early this week, police took the suspects to various scenes of crime for reconstruction in a bid to get more evidence on the crime.
According to the Kampala Metropolitan deputy police spokesperson, operations will continue in a bid to apprehend the buyers of the stolen motorcycles who are still on the run.