Crime

Two arrested for attempting to bribe police officer

Police Spokesperson SCP Fred Enanga confirmed the incident and said the two suspects are now being held accountable for the bribery.

Arua, (UG):- The Territorial Police in West Nile Region are holding in custody two suspects who attempted to bribe a police officer on duty at Arua Vuira Central Police Station in Arua Municipality on Sunday evening.

The two suspects include; Ajikia Annet, a 28-year-old, peasant of Nyio village, and Nyakuta Brian, a 22 year old, bodaboda rider of Nyio village, Arua district.

Preliminary facts gathered indicate that the suspects are part of the group who on the 17th of December, 2023, murdered their relative Arijule Alido, together with Onzima Innocent, and clan members.

“After the murder, they burnt all his properties and demolished his house and then picked his body which they dumped in a pit latrine. The suspects fled to the DRC after the brutal murder and returned after learning that the former OC CID, D/ASP Maloba Moses had been transferred. They mobilised Ugx 2m, from other suspects and on the 12th of April, 2024 to bail out the prime suspect Onzima Innocent, who was arrested on 12th 04, 2024,” SCP Fred Enanga told journalists in a Monday press briefing at Naguru Police headquarters.

The Police spokesperson added that the duo then tried to bribe the new OC CID D/ASP Kalinaki Japhar, with bribery, which led to their eventual arrest.

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Enanga further warned that bribing a police officer to destroy a case is punishable by law and must be avoided and instead, advised that “the most important thing to do is to contact a defence attorney in your area, to fight the charges against you.”

Police applauded the OC CID Arua Vuira CPS, for taking a stand against bribery saying; “A badge carries enormous responsibility along with the trust it confers. Those who defend that responsibility have the true character of the police.”

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“By his actions, he owes the public honest services free from bias. We shall continue relying on such officers, to do their work with honesty and integrity,” Enanga stated, adding that the two suspects are now being held accountable for the bribery.

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