The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) has said 10 family members of former minister Al-Haji Abdul Nadduli have been arrested in connection with the attack on Busiika Police Station at the beginning of the month.
UPDF spokesperson Brig Gen Felix Kulayigye confirmed that the suspects are being held by CMI in connection to the recent attack at Busiika Police Station.
He said the number of those arrested is 10, not seven as reported in some sections of the media.
However, Brig Gen Kulayigye could not offer more details about the arrest, saying it would jeopardise their investigations.
According to Hajj Nadduli, the suspects are at CMI. He said officers have told him the person who linked them to the attack is a suspect already in police custody but it has been established he may be having a mental disorder.
He says he has been assured that his relatives shall be freed anytime.
This comes days after the Deputy Inspector General of Police (IGP) Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Tumusiime Katsigazi said that their preliminary investigations have linked last week’s grotesque raid on Busiika Police Post in Luweero District to a rebel outfit called “Coalition for Change”.
This outfit, Maj. Gen. Katsigazi said, is on a well-oiled mission to acquire guns with an intention of forcefully changing the government.
“The problem of attacking police posts and taking guns is a deliberate effort by a group of people who seem to think that they can change the government by force. So it’s no longer the same criminals who come and attack with machetes and rob. This is mainly to kill and take guns,” he said.
Morton Kasobya, a friend of the affected members, on Tuesday identified three of the arrested family members as Meddie Nadduli, Musa Nadduli, and Yusuf Nadduli.
According to Kasobya, he received a phone call on Monday night informing him about the trio’s kidnap from Kalege village, Semuto sub –county in Nakaseke District.
He claimed that the kidnappers stormed the village past midnight using the infamous drones accompanied by another family member who led them as they knocked on the doors of their victims.
The development comes about two weeks after Al-Haji Abdul Nadduli lost his son, Jakana Sulaiman Nadduli following a similar kidnap shortly after undergoing surgery following a nasty accident. He was laid to rest at his ancestral home in Kaddunda village, Kapeeka sub-county, Nakaseke district.