- The two allegedly demanded for Shs 100,000 for his release from the relatives, who immediately mobilized the money and took it to Candiru, while others reported to the PSU office in Arua town
- Cases of misconduct and extortion of money have become common phenomena in West Nile especially in the police out posts
By Our Reporter
Arua-Two policemen have been arrested by Professional Standards Unit (PSU) for extorting money from a suspect.
The two are detained at Arua police cells. The two are attached to Mvara Police post in Arua Municipality.
The head of PSU West Nile, Evans Vuata, confirmed the arrest and detention of the two officers, saying the officers had arrested one called Nelson Afemani a boda boda, resident of Dadamu Sub County in the outskirts of Arua town and detained him for unreported case of suspected theft.
Vuata explained that on getting the tip, he immediately sent his officers to Mvara where they arrested the two police officers, conducted a search and recovered the money yet unused in the police drawer.
“On interrogation, the officers confessed that that was the money they received from the suspect’s relatives and we immediately transferred them to Arua CPS for detention,” Evans said.
The two officers were a day after their detention released on police bond pending further investigation in to the matter.
Early this year, the PSU handled over ten cases of police misconduct mainly involving mismanagement of case file, disappearance of exhibits and extortion of money ranked highest among the cases.
Vuata however calls on the public to promptly report cases of misconduct by police officers in the communities and also warns officers against exploiting the public.