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Pakistani intruder arrested in Kikuube after 'touring' Hoima Sugar factory

Ali Asim at Kikuube central police station

Ali Asim at Kikuube central police station

Police in Kikuube district is holding a 23-year-old Pakistani national who was found inside Hoima Sugar factory premises under unclear circumstances. 

The suspect holding a Pakistan passport has been identified as Ali Asim, a student at Rise and Shine secondary school Ntinda in Kampala.

Denis Ongom, the human resource manager Hoima Sugar said that Asim on Wednesday gained entry into the factory after posing as an expert and that while inside, he toured all the departments without being asked anything. The staff later became suspicious and tasked him to identify himself.

They realized that he was not a worker attached to the factory, which prompted them to alert security personnel who immediately swung into action and arrested him.

He was immediately whisked to Kikuube central police station for further interrogations. Amlan Tumusiime, Kikuube resident district commissioner (RDC) questioned Asim over how he gained entry into the factory premises and how he came to the district.

Asim claimed that he traveled with his uncle from Kampala by taxi and spent a night in Hoima city and later headed to Hoima Sugar factory premises using a boda boda. Asim, is said to have been in the company of another person who has since gone on the run.

He claimed that his uncle whose names could not be revealed was in Kikuube district but he didn’t know where exactly he was.

Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson says they have detained Asim and have launched investigations to ascertain how he entered into the district.

The hunt for his accomplice who is currently on the run is also ongoing according to Hakiza. Uganda is on high alert following the two separate bomb attacks at Komamboga and Lungala where two people lost their lives.

© 2016 Observer Media Ltd