Four people arrested over child abduction

KAGERA: POLICE in Kagera are holding four people for allegedly abducting four children, all of whom have now been found safely.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Blasius Chatanda, Kagera Regional Police Commander, stated that the four suspects (names withheld) have already been arraigned in court to answer the cases.

“Child abduction is a criminal offence implying the unauthorised removal of a minor (a child under the age of legal adulthood) from the custody of the child’s natural parents or legally appointed guardians,” he said.

Meanwhile, ACP Chatanda said police in Kagera conducted a joint operation with their counterparts in neighbouring Burundi and managed to recover several weapons including two AK 47 with three magazines, one pistol, eight homemade guns and about 115 rounds of ammunition.

“Police in Kagera conducted a joint operation with their counterparts in neighbouring Burundi between September and December, this year during which    14 suspects were arrested.

This ongoing operation is intended to allow citizens to enjoy their Christmas and New Year holidays in a joyful and peaceful manner,” ACP Chatanda explained.

Additionally, the Regional Police Chief noted that around 115 motorbikes that are thought to have been stolen were also recovered by authorities. A total of 92 of the bikes were stolen in Tanzania before being ferried to Burundi.

“We are collaborating closely with our neighbours by sharing intelligence and make sure that crime is contained. Criminals should not find safe haven in either side,” the RPC said.

He urged Tanzanians   to work together by reporting criminals to the closest police stations so that appropriate action could be taken.

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