National Police (RNP) yesterday handed over two vehicles and a motorcycle to Ugandan High Commission in Rwanda, after they were reportedly stolen and recovered in Rwanda.
The vehicles were handed over to Uganda’s High Commissioner to Rwanda, Richard Kabonero by the Commissioner for Operations and Public Order, Commissioner of Police (CP) Emmanuel Butera in an event held at the RNP General Headquarters in Kacyiru.
Present was also Commissioner for Interpol in RNP, ACP Peter Karake.
The automobiles were intercepted with the help of Interpol’s I-24/7 communication system connected at all border points.
Vehicles handed over are; Toyota Land Cruiser plate number UAS 966W, Mercedes Benz with customised registration number LWASA4 and BMW motorcycle plate number UEM 072P.
According to the notice on the I-24/7 system, which connects all the 190 Interpol member countries, the land cruiser was reportedly stolen in Japan, Mercedes Benz from South Africa while the BMW motorcycle was stolen from the United Kingdom.
The Mercedes Benz was intercepted in May, the motorcycle intercepted later in November while the Land Cruiser was intercepted in December, all last year.
They were all at the time attempting to cross into Rwanda through Gatuna border post.
Speaking to the press, High Commissioner Kabonero commended RNP for its continued cooperation in combating cross border crimes.
“Criminals always have market but the most important thing is how law enforcement agencies share information. Such cooperation makes it hard for criminal syndicates to operate in our region,” he said.
CP Butera said RNP stand committed to working and cooperating with regional and International law enforcement agencies in fighting and preventing cross-border crimes that include vehicle theft.
“Regional and international Police forces meet frequently to strategize measures of combating cross boarder crimes,” CP Butera said.
The Commissioner for Interpol, ACP Karake, said: “We are handing these automobiles to Ugandan authorities since they were registered in Uganda so that they could as well conduct further investigation to track the rightful owners.”
“In a space of a year and a half, we managed to intercept 15 stolen motor vehicles stolen from different parts of the world with the help of the Interpol I-24/7,” said ACP Karake.