Sebirumbi was picked up together with Frederick Nyamisogola, the Officer in Charge of Criminal Intelligence at Patongo Police station and Deputy Scene of Crimes Officer (SOCO) Solomon Nasimolo following accusations f Unlawful arrests and detention of suspects, extortion, torture, and selling of impounded motorcycles.
Some of the locals who went on demonstration against the accused police officers in Patongo Town Council on Tuesday
The Acting District Police
Commander of Agago Yunus Sebirumbi has been recalled to the Police Headquarters in
Kampala for investigation over alleged corruption.
Sebirumbi was picked
up together with Frederick Nyamisogola, the Officer in Charge of Criminal Intelligence
at Patongo Police station and Deputy
Scene of Crimes Officer (SOCO) Solomon Nasimolo following accusations f Unlawful
arrests and detention of suspects, extortion, torture, and selling of impounded
Their withdrawal from Duty came
shortly after a protest staged by angry Bodaboda operators in Patongo Town
Council on Tuesday morning.
They were demanding the release of one of their colleagues who
had been arrested and detained for five days without any charges. Police had a running battle and
fired live bullets to disperse the rowdy protestors who were burning motor
vehicle tires, blockading roads, and pelting stones at Patongo Police station.
District Commissioner Andrew Onyuk told URN in an interview that several residents of
Patongo Town Council raised complaints against the suspects in an emergency
meeting held on Tuesday about their connivance with suspected thieves targeting
He says one particular case that
confirmed their dubious deals was the arrest, detention, and torture of a Bodaboda rider who was accused of stealing a motorcycle five days ago. Onyuk noted
that the Bodaboda rider identified as Okema Patrick had earlier been arrested for
violating curfew time and fined 40,000 Shillings through the Express Penalty scheme.
According to him, Okema paid the
money in one of the banks but when he went to get his
impounded motorcycle registration No.
UFA 707S, he was instead rearrested and detained on allegations of using a stolen Motorcycle. He says that the Police officers later
colluded with two Indians who claimed ownership of the same motorcycle
but they disappeared upon
learning that they were being investigated.
Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson David Ongom Mudong on Wednesday confirmed to URN the transfer of the Police officers to the Police Headquarters in a telephone interview. Mudong says that Sebirumbi was taken to the Human Resource Management department, while Nyamisogola and Nasimolo were taken to the Criminal Intelligence Directorate and the Directorate of Forensic Services respectively.
He notes that before their transfer, the suspects recorded statements at the Aswa River Regional Police Headquarters Professional Standards Unit (PSU) to facilitate investigations into allegations brought against them.
Sebirumbi confirmed to URN in a telephone interview that he
has been transferred to the Police Headquarters in Kampala but declined to comment further on the allegations against him. However, the Aswa River Region Police
Commander Nachuha Damalie noted that accused police officers will be subjected to
investigation and would be held accountable
once found guilty.
Bureau Chief, West Acholi