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Police Warned Against Extorting Money Covid-19 SOP Violators

Police Officers in Arua intercepting a group of people for Flouting Covid19 Rules in a Road March

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Police in greater Arua and West Nile have been warned against acts of extortion as they prepare to enforce Presidential directives for curbing Covid-19 infections, starting Thursday this week.

President Museveni on Sunday ordered the immediate closure of schools, worship places, bars restricting movement within districts, stopping of boda boda operations by 6:00pm among other measures.

But basing on experience in the March lockdown of last year, some police and security officers in Arua were implicated in acts of extortion especially from boda bodas whose bikes were impounded, before releasing them.

Martin Oroch, the Resident City Commissioner has cautioned security officers against seeking personal gains while enforcing the Presidential directive.Oroch also urges the public to promptly report any officer trying to extort money from them.  // Cue in; I also want to appeal.…// Cue out; to generate income.…. //

Similarly, Sam Nyakua the Mayor Arua City argues that the past lockdown security experience should serve as a lesson andshould personnel avoid repeating such mistakes like extortion of money from innocent citizens.   // Cue in; People who are crossing.…// Cue out; that’s why we are here.…. //   

According to Hudson Ocheng Police PRO for W. Nile, any police officer who is found extorting money will face the law with the giver of the money including losing his or her job. 

Ocheng also warns the public against enticing the officers with offers, adding that all those fined by the police will use banks to pay the fines on them.   // Cue in; If your motorcycle.…// Cue out; come and complain.…. //   

The revived greater Arua Covid-19 Taskforce is set to sit for its first meeting on Tuesday and is  expected to streamline enforcement of Covid-19 presidential directive and instilling discipline among the officers. 

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