Security Operatives have arrested a man alleged to be the leader of a criminal gang who works with some unprincipled bank and forex bureau employees to steal millions of shillings from customers.
The Suspect identified as Whisper and the alleged leader of the Whisper gang was reportedly arrested in a bar in Bujuuko on the Kampala-Mityana road three weeks ago by officers from the police’s Flying Squad Unit (FSU).
Whisper’s arrest comes two months after he Punched a Kenyan National identified as Hassan Maalim, the manager of the Mid-West Forex Bureau and robbed him of Shs300m. The robbery happened at a time Maalim was transporting the money in a car from DTB Bank on Kampala Road to Equity Bank near Arua Park when he was attacked by six men riding on motorcycles near Wilson Road on August 27.
Following the incident, police in Kampala arrested six people suspected to be working with Whisper.
Kampala Metropolitan police deputy spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire confirmed Whisper’s arrest adding that he operates alongside a gang of about 20 people, who rob people, mainly businessmen.
“Whisper’s role is to punch the victim, and another person picks the bag containing money and runs away,” Mr. Owoyesigyire said, adding that there were two reported incidents where Whisper robbed people of their money after punching them, but police failed to get evidence against him to warrant his prosecution.
A Local Council II official in Nakivubo, Kampala, described Whisper as a notorious criminal who has been terrorizing people in Kampala with members totaling to over 30 hardcore criminals who move at particular times of the day and are not scared to steal from anybody on the streets.
The Whispers gang snatch bags, necklaces, phone and anyone who tries to attack a member of the gang is beaten, they usually rob people along Namirembe Road, down to Qualicell Bus Terminal and stop at the intersection between Kyaggwe Road and Ben Kiwanuka Street.
Whisper who is the alleged team leader of the Whispers gang is currently under security surveillance and it is not yet clear where he is being held or when he would be produced in courts of law. However, information on the other members of the Gang is not yet known.