“We preferred charges of corruption against the policemen but the DPP has returned the file demanding that we fill some gaps. We decided to release the policemen on bond as we fill the gaps raised,” ACP Olugu said.
ACP Francis Olugu
a month in cells, two police officers who had been arrested over selling the
force’s gun to thugs have been released on bond.
of Police –ACP Francis Olugu, who is the commandant of general crimes desk,
confirmed to Uganda Radio Network –URN that Corporal Richard Iramo and Constable
Andrew Opio have been released.
officers were arrested after the operations against poachers in Murchison
National Park revealed that the gun some of the culprits were using had been
bought from policemen.
preferred charges of corruption against the policemen but the DPP has returned
the file demanding of us to fill some gaps. We decided to release the policemen on
bond as we fill the gaps raised,” ACP Olugu said.
People’s Defence Forces –UPDF team led by Col Allan Kyagungu and Criminal
Investigations Directorate –CID team commanded by ACP Olugu launched a hunt for
thugs in Murchison after rampant cases of poaching targeting buffaloes, antelopes
and UPDF teams conducted the operations in Oyam and Nwoya districts where
poachers had taken advantage of Covid-19 lockdown to terrorize wild animals. At least
14 suspects have so far been arrested.
Cpl Iramo and Constable Opio, other suspects include UPDF deserter Peter Ongom
who was arrested with army gun S/NO 56-131006255 and he had been on wanted list
under CRB 159/2020.
facing charges of desertion, being in possession of government stores and
poaching,” ACP Olugu said.
The suspects have told police that they buy the guns
from police officers and security guards at 800,000 shillings to 2 million
Senior Staff Reporter
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.