The Uganda police moved to disband flying squad after public concern over recent violence, the notice dismissing flying squad was dated 5th November indicating among others, thus and I quote their services have been terminated with effect from today 5th November 2018 till further notice, the police confirmed this.
According to Vicent Ssekate, the spokesperson for the directorate of criminal investigations, the unit has had masqueraders carrying out various criminal activities in police’s name.
Time had reached where we had started getting different issues, people raising their concern the way the flying squad was operating. They could do things that are contrary from what we are supposed to do,’’ said Ssekate.
Our investigation in to the matter drew us to an institute at Muteesa 2 stadium at Wankulukuku on 28th October 2018, sources tell us that four members from the flying squad unit stormed the music show to effect the arrest of a suspected criminal which turned chaotic and the area police were forced to swing into action arresting both the hunter and the hunted.
On 30th October 2018, another group of flying squad, attacked Kitebi police station to rescue their colleagues who were arrested, exchange of fire was reported.
Vicent Ssekate confirmed the incidence of fire shoot-outs. Now these people were taken to Kitebi and locked up there because the person they arrested was an operative, that was around 28th, around 30th, some people from flying squad mobilized themselves to see how best they can go and rescue their colleagues, so in the process, there was some kind of commotion and they aided their colleagues to escape from police custody,’’he added.
However, a day after the flying squad was terminated, security analysts have expressed fear that crime rate could increase if they decided to disband the unit.
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