March 4, 2024

Late MP Abiriga’s stolen car recovered in DRC

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Mr Festus Ayikobua, Arua RDC handing over the key of the double cabin vehicle to Zaidi the son to late Ibrahim Abiriga at Arua CPS

Security personnel have recovered a double cabin pick-up truck of the late former Lira municipality MP Ibrahim Abiriga, which was stolen two weeks ago. 

The vehicle registration number UAY 668G white in colour went missing from late Abiriga’s residence in Anyafio village Arua City last month.

It was later established that the vehicle had been taken to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and sold.

On Monday, the vehicle was found abandoned with the keys inside at a fuel station at Odramacaku trading centre in DRC side and the number plates missing.

Security personnel at Odramacaku later notified Arua police which went and picked the vehicle and brought it to Arua for a thorough inspection. It was later handed over to the family on Thursday.

Mr Festus Ayikobua the RDC Arua while handing over the vehicle to Zaidi Edema, the son of late Abiriga appealed to the community to work with security personnel to curb cases of insecurity.

“I want to appeal to the family members of the late that this vehicle should always be parked at police after being used for security purposes. They should also take good care of the other property which I will not mention here,” he said.

Mr Edema commended security personnel for recovering his late father’s car. He, however, said that they are living in fear due to threats from unknown people.

“The car had been home for over two months. It was repaired and may be people realized it can move and that’s why they came for it at around 4am. Immediately we went to police and confirmed it crossed to Congo. We had to come back and send another team to Congo. The vehicle was being used to do domestic work at home. Following the way the late honorable was killed that means the enemies are still there,” he said.

According to reports from the security department in Arua, there are 13 stolen vehicles, eight of which are from Western Uganda believed to have been sold or kept in DR Congo.

From late July to date, two vehicles have been recovered so far from DRC and one motorcycle that was stolen from the UNHCR office two weeks ago

Source: URN


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