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LWENGO: Police PSU Probes District Commander Over Torture, Extortion

Lwengo District Police Commander SP Felix Mugizi is under investigation by the agency’s Professional Standard Unit (PSU), ChimpReports has learnt

The police commander is being investigated on allegations of torture and extortion of the locals which acts are said to have become a common practice under his command in the district.

Residents told this website that the police boss has been involved in dubious engagements for his selfish interest, and often tortures and threatens his victims.

Many accuse him of engaging in land grabbing scandals in the district since he was deployed there more than two years ago.

In a complaint seen by ChimpReports, locals reported to the regional Police Standards Unit (PSU) and also the Regional police commander of greater Masaka about the senior police officer whose conduct had become unprofessional.

The locals stated that the ruthlessness of the police commander reached its peak when the President instituted a lockdown and curfew due to the prevailing global pandemic of coronavirus.

“Following the President’s directives, the DPC ordered his men led by a one Bernard Nabada who stormed our houses where we were confined with our families and started torturing us,” reads part of the complaint filed at Regional PSU in Masaka

They also said that Nabada and his men also robbed many people of their money on April 1st in central zone, central ward, Lwengo town council.

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Nabada is also accused of torturing some people who are still nursing wounds and trauma.

Nabada and his team have been reported on file CRB 095/2020 Masaka regional police while the DPC has been reported on T/B GEF 005/2020.

Relatedly, residents of Kiwangala village in the same district accuse the officer in charge of the area police post identified as Ivan Niyonzima for extortion from villagers especially during the curfew.

They say Niyonzima leads his officers into people’s houses where they confiscate motorcycles and later demand for money to release them.

Authorities at the regional professional standards unit confirmed receipt of the complaints saying that they were logged in on 8th April.

Recently, President Museveni warned security organs to desist from beating people while enforcing the curfew but instead advised them to apply them legally and firmly.

He also advised the public to report offenders to Lt Col.  Edith Nakalema also the in-charge of the Anti-corruption unit (ACU) for action.

 

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