Police have arrested a man identified as Aziz Ssempala, said to be the leader of a gang that has been staging illegal checkpoints in various villages of Mukono district with intention of robbing travelers and extorting boda boda riders.
Ssempala who was wearing a local defense unit uniform had staged an illegal checkpoint near Kyawambogo trading center in Nakisunga sub county, stopping and extorting money from motorcycle riders when information leaked to police.
A joint team of police and army led by Hawah Namukome, the Officer in Charge-OC of Kyetume police post stormed the illegal checkpoint and arrested the suspect.
The force proceeded to check the apartment Ssempala had hired at Namuyenje trading center, Nakisunga sub county and landed on military attires and rounds of ammunition hidden in his room.
Ssempala had staged the checkpoint with two other unidentified men in plain clothes who managed to escape.
However, according to security officers, it is believed he has a gang of over ten people that assist him to stage illegal checkpoints during day and night hours. He is currently detained at Mpoma barracks.