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3 Police Chiefs arrested over Shs17m exhibit theft

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Police’s Professional Standards Unit (PSU) has arrested three police officers on allegations of stealing exhibits worth $4700 (about Shs17 million) belonging to a businessman, Michael Dean Omoit.
The accused officers include; Kireka Police Station commander, ASP Nicholas Muyonjo, detectives Sgt Joshua Jagule and Sgt William Kawooya.
The three officers currently detained at Kira Division police headquarters, Kira Municipality, in Wakiso District are attached to Kireka Police Station and they reportedly committed the crime on April 4, 2019.

Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, confirmed that the trio was arrested on Wednesday after Omoit filed his complaint.
“We want to urge our officers to preserve and guard exhibits that are brought to them jealously as if it’s a glass or gold,” Mr Onyango said.
Some sources privy to the crimes had claimed that the accused officers had robbed the businessman on gunpoint, a claim Mr Onyango vehemently dismissed.

“It is true the money was stolen but it was not on gunpoint. These suspects are being probed and investigations are going on well,” said Mr Onyango.
Omoit copied in to Minister of Internal Affairs, Inspector General of Police, Deputy IGP, Inspector General of Government (IGG), Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander and KMP Criminal Investigations Department commander.
Omoit claims that the accused officers had shared the money and were trying to deny that he had not left it there. When he insisted, Omoit says the police officers changed the story saying he had only left $500 about Shs1.8m not $4700.

“It is therefore my humble cry that your honourable offices intervene in this matter and hence all the culprits pay back my money because this is my life time savings which has been robbed,” Omoit cries out in his complaint.
It is not the first time police officers have been arrested for tampering with exhibits. In 2016, Kawempe Criminal Investigations Commander, Wilberforce Wamanya and a Flying Squad Operative, Ivan Musiimenta, were arrested on allegations of exchanging genuine $12000 with fake ones.

 

Via Daily Monitor, URN

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