A Nigerian national is currently behind bars for allegedly holding hostage three female students of Makerere University Business School (MUBS) for more than 10 hours. According to the Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, the suspect invited his Ugandan girlfriend on Saturday, who he met five days ago at his home located in Mutungo, Nakawa Division.
More details indicate that the suspect’s girlfriend visited along with two of her female friends who later demanded to leave at around 9pm but he insisted that they should stay around. Enanga further revealed that the Nigerian dude confiscated the girls’ phones at around 10pm, locked them inside the house and left shortly.
It is reported that one of the girls had an extra phone, which she used to call her pals and told them what had happened. The friends reportedly rushed to Kinawataka Police Station and explained how their colleagues were being held against their will.
Shortly after filing the case, Kinawataka police sent a message to Jinja Road Police Division, which immediately kicked off a manhunt for the suspect as well as the kidnapped students throughout the entire Saturday night.
Apparently, the suspect returned on Sunday morning (around 7am) and freed the trio. Police reportedly traced the girls’ phones once they were turned on and managed to locate them and arrested the suspect for unlawful confinement.
“We arrested him on charges of unlawful condiment. The suspect had actually invited his girlfriend who came in the company of two other girls at his rented home in Mutungo. The girls were there up to around 9pm. These are university students. He unlawfully confined them from 9pm up to 7am. For 10 hours, these three girls found themselves in a very vulnerable situation that anything could have happened on them. We managed to arrest the suspect, who is a Nigerian national,” Enanga said.
In his defence, the suspect said he had not abducted the students but he just kept them in his house for fear that they could be hurt by thugs at night.