Godfrey Abiagaba, the Kaberamaido District Police Commander, says the suspects have temporarily been charged with impersonation and extortion.
The five people suspected to have extorted money from youths to recruit them into UPDF
Four people accused of
extorting money from youths interested in joining Uganda People’s Defense
Forces-UPDF are in custody at Kaberamaido Central Police Station.
are Yasin Ayiise, Dure Olobo and Ronald Ochen, all from Kaberamaido district
and Jack Robert Ogwang from Lira town.
They are accused of soliciting unspecified amount of money
from youths in Lira, Dokolo, Kaberamaido, Amolatar and Soroti districts with
promises of helping them to join the army.
Godfrey Abiagaba, the Kaberamaido District Police Commander,
says the suspects have temporarily been charged with impersonation and
Samuel Odongo, the Kaberamaido Deputy Resident District
Commissioner told URN that the suspects were picked up from Dokolo town after
being tracked for weeks.
He says the suspects had traversed several
districts in a Toyota Noah registration number UAY 298Q to con their victims.
Without divulging specific details, Lawrence Egole, the Dokolo
Resident District Commission, said his office has previously registered several
cases of extortion involving the suspects.
cautioned youths against paying money to be
recruited into the Army, saying UPDF recruitment is free of charge and is
5th UPDF Division Spokesperson, Major
Telesphor Turyamumanya, says there is no ongoing UPDF recruitment exercise,
adding that even there was recruitment nobody is expected to pay to join the