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Suspected ADF Rebel Arrested in Jinja City

suspected adf rebel arrested in jinja city
suspected adf rebel arrested in jinja city
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Police in the Kiira region successfully apprehended Lavara Nyanza, a suspected member of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). Nyanza, a Congolese national, is currently held at Jinja central police station following his arrest on Tuesday, prompted by information provided by vigilant residents.

Security personnel conducting the arrest reportedly discovered two bullets and various documents detailing planned attacks on schools, government installations, and other facilities.

According to police sources, Nyanza was recruited into the ADF at the tender age of five, serving in different capacities within the organization for the past two decades. His most recent role was Chief Cook for the front-line combatants.

Nyanza revealed that he, along with two others, was deployed on a spying mission in Uganda by unnamed commanders three years ago. They initially settled in Kasese district during the COVID-19 pandemic before relocating to Mbarara City, Mukono district, and eventually to Jinja City, where they were reportedly planning terrorist activities. Nyanza disclosed that their intended targets included Jinja City during the festive season, followed by an attack in Busia.

An anonymous resident reported that Nyanza, pretending to be mentally disturbed, was arrested while taking pictures of various buildings along Iganga Road, Southern Division, in Jinja City. In addition to the discovery of unspecified money and a mobile phone, the suspect was found in possession of incriminating evidence.

Paul Batambuze, the LCI Chairperson, highlighted the congestion in the area with roadside food vendors, bars, and lodges, creating an environment for individuals with malicious intentions to operate undetected.

The Kiira regional police spokesperson, James Mubi, confirmed Nyanza’s arrest but refrained from providing detailed information, assuring that a comprehensive press release would be issued after thorough investigations by the police and UPDF.

Earlier on Monday, the police released photographs of three wanted terror suspects, including Lavara Nyanza, Ismail Mutegule, and Abdallah Kala. This move followed simultaneous blasts at Kikubamutwe in Kabalagala and Nabweru in Nansana Municipality on Saturday evening. The Joint Security Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, described the trio as armed and dangerous, urging the public to provide information leading to their arrest.