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Zombo Police Officers Accused of Aiding Escape of Notorious Suspect Plead Not Guilty.

The Six Police Officers accused of aiding escape of notorious suspect being arraigned before the Police Disciplinary Court in Arua Community Hall on Wednesday.

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Six police officers from Zombo Central Police Station accused of aiding the escape of a notorious suspect have pleaded not guilty. The officers are Joshua Twongo, the acting Zombo District Police Commander, Paul Wanjara, the Officer in Charge of the Criminal Investigations Department, Gilbert Onzia, the in-charge Case File, Suleiman Onju, Albert Abidrabo and Police Driver, Gilbert Yalaba. 

The officers appeared on Wednesday before the Police Disciplinary Court led by Commissioner of Police Ubaldo Bamunoba where they were charged with three counts including neglect of duty by permitting Dennis Ogenmungu, a notorious suspect to escape from lawful police custody, failure to report the escape of a suspect to their supervisors and misleading and inaccurate information on the whereabouts of the suspect.  

During the pre-trial session, Bamunoba read the charges for the suspects and asked them to enter their plea.

//Cue in: “You have been charged.…


 

Cue out:…for the count that is read to you,” //

The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges prompting the chairman of the police Disciplinary Committee to commence a full trial session.

// Cue in: “ASP Twongo Joshua can.…    

Cue out:..sign against your own plea,” //

Trouble for the officers started last week when they picked Dennis Ogenmungu from Arua Central Police Station where he was wanted to answer some charges.

However, the suspect reportedly escaped from the officers at Kango forest but they remained tight-lipped on the matter until  a week later when information reached the West Nile Region Police Commander who caused their arrest.