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Nixon, Minana charged with kidnap, Aguma bail dismissed

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KAMPALA (@UG_EDGE) – The General Court Martial sitting in Makindye Monday charged former commander of the Special Investigations Unit, Senior Superintendent of Police Nickson Agasiirwe, and his informant Abdulnul Ssemuju aka Minana with kidnap.

Prosecution alleges that the duo on August 13, 2017 at Lukooli village in Luweero district kidnapped a one Vincent Kaliisa before repatriating him back to Rwanda without his consent.

Minana, a former police informer, was arrested two weeks ago from Nabweru, a Kampala suburb by Chieftaincy of Military Investigations [CMI].

His boss Nixon had already been charged with the kidnap of Lt. Joel Mutabazi who was a former bodyguard to Rwandan President Paul Kagame.

Prosecution alleges that on 25th October 2013 at Kammengo, in Mpigi district along Masaka road, the accused using a pistol and grenades abducted Lt. Joel Mutabaazi and Jackson Kalemera and took them to Rwanda.

Aguma denied bail

The same court denied bail to the former commander of the Professional Standards Unit Senior Commissioner of Police, Joel Aguma.

Aguma who is accused together with eight others including fellow senior officers of kidnapping Lt. Mutabazi, was represented by his lawyers led by Caleb Alaka.

The army court chairman Lt. Gen. Andrew Guti in his ruling said the three sureties Aguma presented were not substantial.

They included AIGP Col Ndahura Atwoki who never requested for permission from the Inspector General of Police.

AIGP Ndahura, who is the director in charge of Crime Intelligence, never presented a single document to court showing that he was allowed by the IGP to stand surety as required by the law.

Gen. Guti said Aguma also was capable of influencing witnesses and interfering with investigations due to his seniority in the police force.

Gen Guti dismissed the bail application and returned the police chief to prison.

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