Police operatives attached to Nixon Agasiirwe’s Special Operations Unit have been ordered to return guns in their possession and report to the Crime Intelligence Directorate by next week.
The unit formerly headed by SSP Agasiirwe, who is battling charges in relation to kidnap before the army court, was in 2016 disbanded barely two years after its inception and its units were transferred to the police Flying Squad Unit.
In a message dated March 23 from Commissioner of Police Sylvester Bagerize who is in charge of Crime Intelligence has ordered all the personnel who were once attached to the unit to report to the crime intelligence headquarters not later than April 4.
“They should report with all government properties in their possession and those who fail to comply shall be declared away without official leave,” reads the message in part to all police units and also copied to the Inspector General of Police, his deputy and all police directors.
All police officers have been told to treat the message as urgent.
With its headquarters at the now notorious Nalufenya detention centre in Jinja, the Special Operations Unit was established in 2014 at the peak of Allied Democratic Forces activities in Busoga region and was formed partly to diffuse them(ADF) following the attacks on Muslim clerics.
However, according to those in know, the unit had turned into a money minting and torture project through framed up charges on members of the public by its operatives led by the now jailed Agasiirwe.
Recently, the new police leadership made a number of changes including reverting the supervision of the surveillance and Special Operations to Crime Intelligence unlike previously when it was under direct supervision of the office of the Inspector General of Police.
Many have since applauded the new police leadership for its efforts to clean up the force that President Museveni recently said had been infiltrated by bean weevils.