How police probe into robbery of South Sudan national Ojok led them to socialite Sipapa’s home

The Criminal Investigations Directorate has launched a massive manhunt for socialite Charles Olim famously known as Sipapa for allegedly robbing $429,000 (about 1.64 billion Shillings) from South Sudan national Jacob Arok (PHOTO/Uganda Radio Network)

KAMPALA— A police investigation into a robbery that occurred at the home of Jacob Arok, a South Sudanese National, of Kawuku zone, in Bunga, on the night of 28th – 29th August 2022, led them to the home of Olimu Charles, aka Sipapa, where they recovered some of the stolen items, including cash worth $70,000.

According to police, facts gathered indicate that on the night of 28th – 29th, August, 2022, a group of thugs broke into the home of the victim, after applying suspected chloroform, on the occupants who were asleep. The thugs ransacked the home and robbed cash USD 429,000, 4 iPhone, 2 Apple laptops, a DELL laptop, gold Jewellery for his wife, a 65” Sumsung TV among others.

Police spokesperson Fred Enanga on Monday said during the subsequent investigations, detectives from KMP, tracked down an iCloud signal, from one of the stolen IPhones, that led them to the location in Kityo close, Buwate in Kira Division.

“They interviewed the occupants, who told them that the home belonged to a one Olimu Charles SIPAPA, who was not at home and had travelled to Tororo. A thorough search was conducted in the home, in the presence of Nakiyimba Shamira, the wife to SIPAPA and exhibits of evidential material, allegedly stolen from the home of Arok Jacob, recovered,” Enanga said.

The recovered items include; USD 70,000, 4 Iphones, 3 laptops, gold jewellery, an iphone charger, a mac pro charger. Also recovered were two registration number plates, UBG 025B and UBA 023U, in addition, an assortment of car accessories were recovered which include; 2 amplifiers, 6 tool boxers, 4 sports vims, a rear car seat, 12 head lights, indicators, jeep bumper, V8 bumper, V8 rear boot doors, bonnet, 3 radiators, 4 inner door shutters, V8 rear boot doors, 7 grills, two cars a jeep and Audi, without registration plates, had been resprayed with a red colour and found in the compound.

Enanga said so far 4 suspects are in custody including the wife.

“A serious manhunt for SIPAPA who is urgently needed for questioning, is in place. His last locations were in Nagongera, Soni and Nawire sub counties, where he was distributing money in the company of bouncers,” Enanga said.

“We are therefore, appealing for information that can lead to the whereabouts or arrest of SIPAPA over the alleged Aggravated Robbery. He is aware of the police efforts and is evasive. We also want to warn the bouncers in his company, whom we shall find with him, that we shall arrest them for abetting crime and harbouring a wanted criminal suspect,” he added.

The police spokesperson said to they are doing everything within their means to have the prime suspect and his accomplices arrested and brought to justice.

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