CID Spokesperson, Charles Twine, said four police officers identified as Boniface Okello, Martin Ochen, Shaban Emanu and Levi Eliu were arrested a fortnight ago. They were found selling ivory valued at more than 200 million shillings and their arrest followed an intelligence tip.
SP Patrick Onyango with ivory exhibits
Six policemen and four Uganda People’s Defence Forces –UPDF
soldiers have arrested by Special Wildlife Crime Unit for allegedly participating
in poaching and illegal selling of ivory and other wildlife species.
The unit comprised of military and police intelligence personnel as well as
detectives attached to Criminal Investigations Directorate- CID’s general
crimes desk, have been conducting operations targeting poachers since August
So far, the joint team has arrested 10 security personnel who have since been
charged in military court and at Buganda Road court. The joint security
operations have majorly been carried out in areas of Murchison Falls National
Park, Kampala and Wakiso districts.
CID Spokesperson, Charles Twine, said four police officers identified as
Boniface Okello, Martin Ochen, Shaban Emanu and Levi Eliu were arrested a
fortnight ago. They were found selling ivory valued at more than 200 million
shillings and their arrest followed an intelligence tip.
Twine explains that Okello and Ochen are attached to Field Force Unit –FFU of
Kawempe and general police duties in Kapelebyongo district.
“These four police officers have been charged in Utilities Court
at Buganda Road and they have since been remanded. It is very bad that
policemen who are supposed to uphold the law are the ones breaking it,” Twine
Other policemen arrested over poaching include Andrew Opio and Cpl Richard
Iramo. The duo was attached to Jinja Road policing division. The policemen cases
were investigated under crime references GEF 3666/2020, CRB 139/2021 and CRB
The UPDF soldiers arrested include Peter Ongom, Odongo Yako, Okor Ochuli,
Odongo Achado and William Olugu. These were using army gun registration number
UG UPDF 56-56033546 to kill animals in Murchison in Nwoya district.
The security team cracking down poachers in Nwoya is under the
command of Col Charles Kyagungu while CID’s general crimes commander, Topher
Gimei, provides detectives who conduct investigations and draft the offences.
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.