How Security raided home of ADF rebels in Luwero

A joint security team has raided the home of Umar Kabonge Ajobe, a resident of Kikubajinja zone in Luwero town council along Kampala-Gulu highway. 

The Defense Ministry Spokesperson, Brigadier General Felix Kulayigye, says that they received information that Ajobe and two other people linked to the rebel Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) were using the home to assemble a bomb.

According to Kulayigye, a team of UPDF officers raided the home Wednesday and discovered an underground hole in one of the rooms the suspect was using for training and assembling a bomb. 

On Thursday, Kulayigye took journalists on a guided tour of the home where he displayed a pistol, 29 bullets, a fork, an empty bottle of Coke and Afia juice, a small electric cable, a pack of burning incense, and gun oil among others, which he claimed the suspect was planning to use to assemble a bomb. 

Kulayigye explained that Ajobe had trained his child to assemble a gun and restricted access to his home. He later paraded Ajobe, Akbar Kabanda and the unidentified man whom he claimed were planning to attack Kampala city.   

Security neither allowed the suspect nor his wife found in the home to speak to journalists. 

However, the woman, whose names have been withheld later denied all the allegations leveled against her husband and child but the interview was cut short by UPDF soldiers on grounds that it was against the guided tour.

Some residents told URN on condition of anonymity that Ajobe dug the hole for purposes of sinking water well and cast doubt on the security narrative. Lawrence Kakumba, the councilor of Kasana Piida Parish at Luwero town council, says that they only knew Ajobe as a welder and didn’t know that he was linked to terror activities.

Our reporter was also able to establish from residents that prior to his arrest, Ajobe was a metal scrap dealer. 

Ajobe was first arrested in March this year. His wife told URN that a Toyota Hiace van alias drone stormed their home laden with gunmen. 

They arrested her son and took him until Wednesday when they returned claiming that he was hosting a terror training facility. Ajobe is not the first person to be arrested in Luwero over their alleged links to ADF. 

In November last year, unidentified security operatives picked up Sheikh Swaibu Segujja, the Assistant Secretary for Zakat under the Luwero Muslim District, and the Imam of Butanza mosque in Katikamu Sub County their alleged ADF links.

They were, however, released without charge. The duo’s arrest came just two days after security shot dead Sheikh Muhammad Abbas Kirevu in Wakiso district for his alleged links to ADF.


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