Police in Uganda are holding nine people for allegedly conning a Sudanese national of $160,000 in a bogus gold deal.
The suspects include one Kenyan, a Congolese and a Rwandan.
Deputy police spokesman Patrick Onyango told journalists on Tuesday that the suspects were arrested by the Aviation Police after Mr Adham Eltejani Ahmed, a Sudanese, reported the theft of $160,000 on June 6 at the Entebbe International Airport.
“We have broken into a racket of fraudsters who were arrested from various places within Entebbe and Kampala. On June 6, Mr Eltejani, a 45-year-old Sudanese national and resident of Saudi Arabia, reported a theft case that occurred on June 5,” he said.
Mr Onyango said one Dr Athman, a resident of Malaysia, lured Mr Eltejani to travel to Uganda with the prospect of buying gold.
On reaching Uganda, Mr Eltejani was linked to a Mr Abubaker Luhindo, who said he had a company which deals in gold.
He was reportedly made to pay the money and sign some documents in exchange for the gold which was never delivered by the suspects.
Charged with theft
“The suspects have been running a company called Gold Soko Africa Limited in Kiwafu Estate Kasanga, a Kampala suburb. We are still looking for five more suspects,” Mr Onyango said.
Mr Onyango further noted that gold samples were to be taken to the Government Analytical Laboratory and the suspects would be charged with theft.