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Two City Traders Held in Lira For Bribery

Robert Abak, the Lira Resident District Commissioner, says the two were apprehended on Wednesday evening after they tried to bribe an officer at Lira Central Police Station to release their vehicle that was impounded by police for alleged involvement in a robbery.
Lira Police are holding two city traders for attempting to bribe a police officer with Shillings 1.5 million. 

The suspects are 52-year-old Barbara Nabawamuka, a resident of Salama Village in Makindye Division and 32-year-old Salim Segewa, a resident of Kawempe.

Robert Abak, the Lira Resident District Commissioner, says the two were apprehended on Wednesday evening after they tried to bribe an officer at Lira Central Police Station to release their vehicle that was impounded by police for alleged involvement in a robbery. 

He says the saloon vehicle registration number UAY 956M was used by unidentified people to rob Shillings 15 million from  the proprietor of Star Bookshop in Lira town last week. According to Abak, the thugs intercepted their victim as he was taking the money to the bank and made away with Shillings 15 million. 

He says police chased the robbers and intercepted them along Lira - Soroti high way in Dokolo district. The RDC says police picked up two suspects while two others took off with their loot. He says the two suspects were dragged to Lira Central police station, where they were charged with robbery under CRB 399/2017 but were given bond when they promised to recover the money from their accomplices. 

Police asked the suspects to report on Monday in vain. He says on Wednesday, the two traders showed up at Lira Central Police Station and offered to pay one of the officers Shillings 1.5 million to release the vehicle.  

The officer immediately notified the RDC leading to the arrest of the traders. David Ongom Mudong, the North Kyoga Regional Police spokesperson has confirmed the development.

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