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Police Officers Accused of Robbing Soroti Businessman at Gun Point

In his post, Opit identified the victim of the robbery as Godfrey Epulu. He said the victim was intimidated when he opened a case of aggravated robbery at Soroti Central Police Station under SD 51/09/04/2020. "Members of the public, it's time to rise up and expose thieves in government offices.
David Ongom Mudong, East Kyoga Regional Police Spokesman
Two police officers are being accused of robbing a businessman in Soroti town Shillings 7 million at gun point. The suspects are Christopher Maswele, the Officer in Charge Operations at Soroti Central Police Station and Sergeant Peter Carlos Ebiau. The incident came to the limelight on Monday after Serere District LC V Chairperson; Joseph Opit Okojo shared the matter on social media.   

In his post, Opit identified the victim of the robbery as Godfrey Epulu. He said the victim was intimidated when he opened a case of aggravated robbery at Soroti Central Police Station under SD 51/09/04/2020. "Members of the public, it's time to rise up and expose thieves in government offices... The case of aggravated robbery was reported but nothing has been done up to now except intimidation. This calls for the attention of state agencies", Opit's post read in part.

Epulu told URN that the plain clothed officers started following him when he bought super match cigarettes on Tuesday at Shillings 1.040.000. He says the officers stopped him along Alyabu Road, Soroti Municipality on Wednesday last week. "When they stopped me, Peter Carlos Ebiau drew his pistol and pointed at me. He said I was dealing in smuggled goods and handcuffed me immediately", Epulu said.    

He said the officers didn’t take him to police cells but instead coerced him to pay money. "I pleaded with them to release me but they said that can only happen if I give them Shillings 20 million cash. I offered them Shillings 300,000 but they refused and threatened that I would be taken to prison direct,” he said.

Adding that, “But as we were still talking, they grabbed my bag, which had five million Shillings and said I would be free if I added another 2 million.” He explained that the officers forced him to call his relatives for additional money that they picked from his residence in Pamba Ward, Western Division before he was released. According to Epulu, he reported the matter to police and was called for negotiations by the regional police bosses.

He intimates that much as the discussion indicated that he would get back Shillings 5 million as officers share the loot of Shillings 2 million, the situation changed on Thursday monring. Epulu claims that he started receiving threats from police officers forcing him to chicken out. An officer in the Police Standard Unit in Soroti has acknowledged receipt of none formal complaint about the matter. 

The officer, who declined to be named since she's not allowed to talk to the media, said they are only monitoring the case but not investigating. David Ongom Mudong, the East Kyoga Police Spokesman also acknowledged receiving the report but asked for more time to get facts.  

Our reporter followed up the matter at Regional Police Headquarters in Soroti on Tuesday morning but nothing much had been done. By the time of filing this story, the accused officers had been summoned by the Regional Police Commander, Maxwell Ogwal to the regional headquarters.