Stephen Ssemanda, the head of Criminal Investigations at Kyenjojo Police Station has reportedly gone into hiding after extorting Shs. 2millio from suspects.
Ssemanda is said to have extorted Shs. 2million from Aisha Katusabe, Oliver Asiimwe, Harriet Asiimwe and Enid Biira.
The four had been arrested by Kyenjojo traffic oolice on allegations of possession of stolen goods valued at Shs. 4million.
The suspects were taken to CID Stephen Ssemanda who asked them to for Shs. 2m and granted them bond without any charges.
The Police’s Professional Standards Unit (PSU) which is charged with straightening the conduct on police officers is currently investigating the crime.
The Police spokesperson in the Rwenzori region Lydia Tumushabe, said that the corrupt CID boss upon learning that the PSU was hunting for him, he sent back the money to his victims and fled.
Tumushabe revealed that the officer’s file has been submitted to the regional Principal State Attorney, Fort Portal for further legal action.
In a related development, PSU has arrested and detained a police officer in charge of stores at Fort Portal Police station on allegations of stealing 10 pieces of iron sheets that were brought as exhibits.
Early this year during a public court session at Boma Fort Portal, Chief Justice Bati Katurebe revealed that he was astonished by complaints from the public accusing the police of extorting money from them and judges and magistrates conniving with court bailiffs to con people of their money.
He advised the people to report any case of exhortation by the police or magistrate to the IGG or other responsible authorities.