Crime

5 Cops Charged Over Burning of Office After Stealing Exhibits

At least five police officers were on Thursday arraigned before the Anti-Corruption Court in Kampala for allegedly burning an office with the intention of concealing their theft of stealing cash exhibits.

Court presided over by Grade One Magistrate Abert Asiimwe heard that  Apollo Kibuuka,38, Seargent Maria Nangobi, Karim Bakole, 25, Constable Moses Okello,34 and Candia Prossy Forsca, all attached to Katwe Police Station, committed the offence between last month and this month.

Magistrate Asiimwe said Bakole, the officer in charge of exhibits at Katwe police station, destroyed exhibits in form of money totalling to Shs1 million which was set to be used as evidence in a case of theft.

“Between the month of August and September, D/AIP Apollo Kibuuka as a police officer in abuse of authority of his office did an arbitrary act prejudicial to the interest of the Uganda Police Force in that he failed to disclose exhibit money recovered by him in the case of theft of Lato milk,” the magistrate read the charges.

He charged the group with offences related to abuse of office, arson and conspiracy to commit a felon.

The group was released on bail and the case adjourned to October 8, 2020 for mention.

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