Police have arrested five of their own officers after being caught on camera siphoning fuel from a trailer that had been involved in an accident.
In an undated video making rounds on social media, the police officers deployed to the Field Force Unit were seen carrying jerricans full of fuel from the trailer to a nearby patrol vehicle.
However, according to Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga the incident happened on August,29, 2020 when the five officers attached to the Integrated Highway Patrol Unit responded to a call from one of their commanders that a fuel tanker, registration number CGO- 1296AA- 06/CGO1277AA-06 carrying petrol from Eldoret in Kenya via Uganda to the Democratic Republic of Congo overturned at Wipolo, Agung, Anaka sub-county along the Karuma – Arua highway in Nwoya district.
The police mouthpiece explained that after the accident, fuel spilled over due to the accident, presenting a danger to other road users and people from the immediate neighborhood.
“Although our initial response team from the Integrated Highway Patrol helped to secure the scene, they were captured on camera siphoning fuel out of the tanker,”Enanga said.
He said in the course of their investigations, five officers attached to Agung detach including Sgt Brian Okello Sadik, CPL Ceasar Dragudu and Constables Albert Oven , Christopher Ocen and Anthony Adoro were arrested and charged over discreditable conduct, theft and conspiracy and detained at CPS Nwoya,.
“The leadership of the Uganda Police Force strongly condemns the discreditable and scandalous behavior by its officers, who instead of securing the fuel tanker, were involved in theft of fuel. We would like to give credit to the witnesses who recorded the crime.”
The police spokesperson said the video footage will act as an aid to their investigations.
“Despite the incident, it’s important to reiterate that the Integrated Highway Patrol Unit is made up of a majority of officers of integrity who pride themselves on high standards of discipline and professionalism, to keep our major highways, motorists and passengers safe and secure. They have effectively reduced on cases of Aggravated Robbery along all major highways making it safe for Ugandans to travel.”
Enanga noted that the police force will use the incident to organize refresher courses for the officers attached to the Integrated Highway Patrol Unit on effective risk management and control to guard against such behavior which tarnishes the force’s name.