The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (CID) has in detention a police deserter who was arrested for defrauding a UPDF officer and State House Anti-corruption unit suspect.
The suspect in detention is identified as Emmanuel Ricky Omoko aged 32 years and is held on allegations of impersonation and obtaining money by false pretense, following a complaint that was registered at CID quarters by a one Opio Vincent Otok on June 5, 2020.
According to CID spokesperson Charles Twine Mansio, It is alleged that in Mid May 2020, Omoko, impersonating a senior police officer working at CID quarters, conned the complainant of Shs 1,965,000- who apparently had expressed fears of appearing at State House Anti-Corruption Unit.
“Apparently Opio Vicent was required to appear at the State House Anti-Corruption unit to assist in investigations following allegations of involvement of his Motor vehicle and travel company in an alleged fraudulent accountability case against former Nansana Town Clerk Mr. Otwoko Jimmy,” said Twine in a statement
It is said that Opio was introduced to Omoko, now the suspect, by Counsel Kibwanga Makmot at his home in Minister’s village Ntinda after being convinced that he would help him to manage his worries.
The suspect masquerading to be a senior Police officer then demanded a payment which, unfortunately, Opio succumbed to.
Skeptical of the intention of the money he paid to the suspect, Opio shared the issue with one of his friends who incidentally knew the Director CID and referred Opio to the Director.
Upon hearing the story, the Director CID instructed an investigation about the circumstances under which the purported senior officer demanded and later on received this payment.
A case file was opened and Omoko, who at the time of arrest on June 7, 2020, was demanding more payment, with threats that Opio’s case was so complicated and that he needed more money to manage the matter very well. Indeed he was lured to come on the advice of the investigators for more money from where he was arrested at Kinawataka in Nakawa Division.
During the profiling of the suspects, the detectives identified that Omoko Emmanuel Ricky was a former Police officer who joined police in 2015 and passed out in 2017 as a probationer Police Constable.
Police said that he served for one year and later deserted following multiple crimes especially relating to fraud, including defrauding one of the UPDF senior officers of Shs 60 Million.
CID spokesperson appealed to the general public to shun officers whose service is tagged to money and further requested that such incidents should be reported to the authorities for immediate action.
“Our detectives are vigorously gathering evidence, and on the completion of the investigations, Omoko will be charged for various offenses committed including Desertion from Uganda Police Force,” he said.