The police Professional Standards Unit have in detention one of their own officers, who is accused of stealing gold valued at Shs 230 million.
According to PSU spokesperson Vincent Ssekate, Stephen Toko, attached to Namanve Police Station was arrested on August 16 together with a bodaboda rider identified only as Igime, for theft of 2.5 kilograms of gold.
“On August 4th, one Robert Etarda of Kibwe Uganda Limited entrusted his worker Lazarus Maneno to take the gold to their main branch at Ntinda,” narrated Sekate.
“He boarded a bus and on arriving in Kampala, he hopped on a motorcycle with the gold in a black bag,”Ssekate said.
“Upon reaching Kira road traffic lights, a vehicle intercepted the motorcycle and its four occupants arrested the duo and threw them in the vehicle.”
Ssekate says Maneno was handcuffed, ordered to lie face down and tortured.
“They grabbed his black bag and removed the gold.”
Maneno was later dropped at Namanve police station and officers were ordered to search him, recovering marijuana in the bag that is suspected to have been planted by Toko.
Ssekate said the victim tried to lodge a complaint to the police officers but his pleas fell on deaf ears prompting him to proceed to Professional Standards Unit for redress.
When our officers searched Toko, they found him with Shs. 20 million in cash,” the PSU publicist said.