Police in Entebbe are holding nine people for allegedly conning a Sudanese national $160,000 (about Shs615 million) in a bogus gold deal.
Deputy police spokesperson, Mr Patrick Onyango told journalists on Tuesday that the suspects were arrested by Aviation Police after Adham Eltejani Ahmed, a Sudanese reported a case of theft of $160,000 on June 6 at Entebbe Airport.
“We have broken into a racket of fraudsters who were arrested from various places within Entebbe and Kampala. On June 6, Mr Eltejani, a 45-year-old Sudanese national and resident of Saudi Arabia reported a theft case that occurred on June 5,” he said.
Mr Onyango said one Dr Athman, a resident of Malaysia lured Mr Eltejani to travel to Uganda with the prospect of buying gold.
Reaching Uganda, Mr Eltejani was linked to one Abubaker Luhindo who said he had a company which deals in gold.
He was reportedly made to pay the money and sign some documents in exchange for the gold which was never delivered by the suspects as had been agreed.
“The suspects have been running a company called Gold Soko Africa Limited in Kiwafu Estate Kasanga, a Kampala suburb. We are still looking for five more suspects who include Patrick Muzanganya, who is purportedly the company’s chief executive officer and Raphael Muvula a director in the company among others,” Mr Onyango said.
Mr Onyango further noted that gold samples are to be taken to the Government Analytical Laboratory and suspects would be charged with theft.
The suspects include Dorcus Chibasi, Samson Onyango Wesonga (a Kenyan), Godfrey Kadimba (a security Guard with Ranger Security Ltd working at Gold Soko) Rajiv Manda Mpoyi (a Congolese ) and Hagen Sadiki (a cleaner at Gold Soko African Ltd). Others are Grace Bachigeya Milenge (a Congolese), Immaculate Nsimire (a receptionist at Gold Soko), Mustafa Ahorgeze (a Rwandan) and Ivan Mpiima (a worker at Bridge stone minerals).