By Candia Stephen
Arua. Two unknown men on Tuesday morning raided Nile Com mobile money point in Arua town and robbed Shillings 40 million.
The incident that happened in the wee hours left many in shock as the police detectives combed the shop to find figure prints. Due to the boom in mobile money business, many points have become susceptible and target to criminals who rob or corn the mobile money agents of colossal sums of money.
According to the Police Public Relations Officer, the men, still on run, also robbed unspecified number of phones and airtime. “We shall continue tracing them because this appear to be a coordinated move to steal the money from the safe,” she said.
Preliminary police investigations indicate that the men reportedly ambushed Asiku Joel; the Manager of the Nile Com MTN authorized Dealer Company at 7:00am after he had just opened the door of the shop and the safe to remove the money of yesterday’s sale for deposit in the Bank.
Reports say the men who were armed with a pistol, on entering the shop, put Asiku on gun point and robbed over Shillings 40 million kept in the safe, mobile phones for sale and airtime worth over Shillings 20 million.
According to Joyce, a neighbour to the shop who offered an account of the incident, the two men who dressed with jackets approached the shop as soon as Asiku had entered in and told the Watchman at the premises that they were from MTN service center and had come to audit the company accounts.
“The guard attached to security group remained in dilemma as he didn’t know what was going on in the shop until the two took came out and disappeared leaving Asiku’s hands tied and mouth plastered with a tough cello tape,” said Joyce.
But the District OC CID, Innocent Dusabe, denied that the men had guns. “There was no armed robbery but what is true is that the manager had his hand tied,” he said.
The incident was later reported to the flying police squad in Arua, who swung in to action and arrested Asiku and the security guard for further interrogation.
The two suspects are currently detained at Arua CPS as investigations continue in to the robbery.
Last year, some unknown thugs also broke in to London phones shop and Nile Com MTN shop all along Rhino Camp road in Arua town after cutting the wall and the roof of the buildings respectively and made off with money, phones and airtime worth hundreds of millions. To date, no suspect has been arrested in connection with the incidents.