DPC, 12 cops detained over Shs150m theft


East Kyoga region police spokesperson Juma Hassan Nyene addressing a press conference

Police in Soroti district has 12 of its own officers locked away for stealing exhibit money totalling to Shs150m.

Among them is the Kumi District Police Commander, Mark Azuna.

The exhibit, according to URN, was part of the money allegedly robbed from a bullion van in Kampala on December 24, 2015.

Following the attack, Police received information that the key suspect in the robbery; Geoffrey Makokha, a security guard attached to security Group Africa, was hiding in Kumi district with the money.

Makokha was part of the security team deployed to transport a sum of Shs1bn on behalf of Diamond Trust Bank (DTB).

He was later arrested with Shs300m having diverted the bullion van to Rubaga Division.

Only Shs150m was left in the abandoned van that was later recovered by the police.

The Officer in Charge of the Criminal Investigations Department at Kumi police post, Jackson Kasozi, declared only Shs150m [of the Shs300m] and split the balance between him and the other Police Officers.

East Kyoga Regional Police Spokesperson, Juma Hassan Nyene, told Daily Monitor the Kumi District criminal investigations commander and six other police officers were arrested.

Nyene said the arrested officers were found with money notes worth Shs1.4m with the same serial numbers to the stolen money.

In May 2015, security guards diverted a bullion van and made off with Shs620m.

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