It’s a rare case of a hunter becomes the hunted. A police cadet and four others, two of whom are crime preventers attached to Ngora Central Police Station have been arrested for allegedly stealing airtime worth shs44 million, in what many would describe as unusual incident.
The airtime belonged to one of the passengers involved in an accident on February 20 near Kapir trading center in Ngora, along Kumi-Soroti highway where a commuter taxi from Mbale had a tyre burst before overturning.
The officers of the law were arrested after they were accused of stealing MTN, Airtel and Africel airtime vouchers and 2 million shillings.
The suspects are Cadet Hillary Mugambe, crime preventers Martin Apungia and Simon Oluka and detective constable Brian Otyeng as well as constable driver David Opolot who had been deployed to help at the accident scene in which eight people lost their lives.
The arrest followed a complaint from one of the accident victim who said one of his bags was missing.
Subsequently, police searched homes of all the people who came in contact with the accident scene and surprisingly, some airtime vouchers reported to have been missing were recovered from the law enforcers’ homes.
Mr John Ariong, Ngora RDC told the press that he had received several complaints of misconduct against some law enforcement agents in the district.