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How police officers 'stole' Shs 1.4 billion from Koreans

Senior officers from the Kampala Metropolitan South regional police command have been implicated for extorting more than Shs 1.4 billion ($400,000) from two South Korean nationals.

More than five officers including the Regional Police Commander Siraj Bakaleke have been implicated in a scheme that led to gunpoint extortion from the two foreigners who were in the country to purchase gold.

RPC Siraj Bakaleke is among those implicated in the alleged robbery

According to a source that preferred anonymity, intelligence personnel at the Katwe based Kampala South regional police command received information that two South Koreans were looking for gold amounting to about $1.5 million.

The South Koreans identified as Park Seunghoon and Jang Shingu Un were to meet some gold dealers at Acacia Mall where their lawyer only identified as Wanyoto had set up the meeting.

In a statement recorded at the Flying Squad headquarters, one of the South Koreans revealed that when they reached Acacia Mall,  instead of meeting the said dealers,  they were surrounded by security operatives, put at gunpoint and asked to hand over the money they had.

A sum of Shs 1.4 billion was handed over to the police officers before the two South Koreans were arrested and detained at Katwe Police Station. After detention for two days, police officers bought two air tickets for Emirates and planned to repatriate the two foreigners to South Korea using some of the extorted money.

On the day the two were supposed to fly back to South Korea however, the plane left them behind as they were being transported from Katwe police station to Entebbe Airport.

It was a moment of confusion as the police officers now quickly bought other tickets with Rwanda Air but before the two foreigners could board the plane, Flying Squad operatives surrounded the place, arresting three police officers who had escorted the suspects.

The police officers now detained at Nalufenya police facility include; Isaac Munezero, the officer in charge crime intelligence Katwe police station, George Kayongo, Kenneth Zirintuusa and Patrick Ochen.

Vincent Ssekate the police Professional Standards Unit spokesperson confirmed the arrests.

"Yes they are in our custody and others have recorded statements," he said.

Bakaleke who is alleged to have been a key player in the extortion recorded a statement on Tuesday evening at the Professional Standards Unit in Naguru.  Other senior officers at the region have also recorded statements at Kampala metropolitan police headquarters.

The latest development comes at the time when other officers in the Internal Security Organisation (ISO) are also accused of having had a hand in the alleged murder of two Scandinavian nationals recently found dead in their hotel rooms.

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+7 #1 Zaitun 2018-02-14 10:40
These Koreans were quite lucky to be alive. They cheated death through their nostrils. otherwise they would have ended up like the two Scandinavians.

Our system has become too corrupt that every gun bearing officer would wish to become a millionaire overnight without doing hard work but in imitating their bosses who have hijacked the State coffers.
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0 #2 mungu 2018-02-14 10:43
It can only become worse with everyone in Uganda competing with Museveni for wealth. If he can we can ideology
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+5 #3 nsubugas 2018-02-14 11:13
There we are. Decayed and rotten country. Indeed Kirumira said a cleansing of the police should get rid of every officer from the top to those around his rank.
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+3 #4 Ugthinker 2018-02-14 11:55
Should we then, still listen to Museveni rumblings about attracting investors? All Museveni has, is a disintegrating system that cannot by whatever efforts achieve anything for Ugandans.

The way forward is for Ugandans to UNITE and eject Museveni, then develop a Uganda that works for all of us
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+3 #5 Odongkara 2018-02-14 17:48
Quoting Ugthinker:
Should we then, still listen to Museveni rumblings about attracting investors? All Museveni has, is a disintegrating system that cannot by whatever efforts achieve anything for Ugandans.

The way forward is for Ugandans to UNITE and eject Museveni, then develop a Uganda that works for all of us


M7 is a hardcore liar and the Bible clearly states that liars are children of the devil because lying is the native language of the devil. Read your Bible you find it there.

Uganda has gone full circles and got back to the Amin's days where violent robberies, gruesome murders, disappearances were carried out by the security operatives (SRB) guys as is the case today.
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