KAMPALA. Kampala Metropolitan Police has expressed concern after increasing cases of men disguised as police detectives have taken over criminal investigations, while extorting money from unsuspecting members of the public.
According to acting Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire, the conmen dress very smartly and station in and around police stations, promising to help people in tracking stolen items such as cars, phones and laptops.
“Many people have complained that they have been cheated at police stations. We asked the victims to help us identify those people who have been cheating them and we realised it is a click of men conning civilians using our police stations,” Mr Owoyesigyire said, adding that they charge money ranging from Shs100,000 to Shs5m depending to the magnitude of the case.
He said so far, five conmen have been arrested after conning several people from Kiira Road and Ntinda police stations.
He mentioned a suspect, Mr Rogers Habasa, 34, who was arrested for obtaining Shs5m from a citizen and promised to release a suspect charged with aggravated robbery.
“We found him with Shs4m. He had already used Shs1m and we have him at Kiira Road Police Station. The victims of his criminal activities said he told them that he would share the money with people who were going to release their relative,” Mr Owesigyire said.
He said the most affected police stations are Kiira, Old Kampala, Kampala Central Police Station, Wandegeya, Kawempe and Wakiso police station.
He said these conman could have extorted Shs100m from civilians at the affected police stations between August and November. At least 30 cases of extortion are under investigation in Kampala.
Meanwhile, police spokesperson, Emilian Kayima, has warned drivers to be careful with people they pick on highways especially in the night hours saying they are sometimes criminals who collaborate with colleague ahead and they rob passengers.
Police said two people have so far been arrested over highway robbery.