The Professional Standards Unit has arrested two police officers for allegedly conning a Ugandan surgeon working in Namibia of eighty two thousand US dollars.
According to PSU spokesperson Vincent Ssekate, Inspectors of Police Edison Bukholi and Chris Musana both attached to Interpol in Kampala connived with the surgeon’s relatives who alerted them that the unidentified doctor had the money in his vehicles.
“The surgeon was returning home with three vehicles including two Toyota Land Cruisers and a Fortuner occupied by his relatives but were intercepted at Mutukula border by police,”Ssekate told journalists on Friday.
He explained that the doctor together with his relatives were later driven to the Interpol headquarters in Kampala where they were threatened into giving the two police officers money to have them released.
“The doctor was threatened by the police officers with accusations of money laundering, supporting Dr.Aggrey Kiyingi and other subversive activities. In order to release him and drop the charges, the police officers asked him to cough US $82000.”
“He had no choice but give them money so as to have him let off the hook,” the PSU mouthpiece added.
Ssekate said added that investigations have so far indicated that the surgeon’s relatives were in connivance with the two police officers so as to fleece him of money.
Cases of police officers conning money from the members of the public have increased of late but according to Ssekate, they would fight tooth and nail to reduce the vice.