Agago Health Worker Nabbed in Census Jobs Extortion Racket

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Benson Odong, the medical worker, was picked up on Monday by Police in Patongo Sub County after complaints from his victims who accused him of promising them census jobs in exchange for 80,000 Uganda shillings.

Police in Agago district has detained a health worker attached to Lira Palwo Health centre III in Agago district for extorting money by false pretence from members of the public.
 
Benson Odong, the medical worker, was picked up on Monday by Police in Patongo Sub County after complaints from his victims who accused him of promising them census jobs in exchange for 80,000 Uganda shillings. Odong is being detained at Patongo Police Station in Agago district. Four others are still at large.
 
SP Mathias Muge, the Agago district Police Commander says Odong has been collecting the money from desperate members of the public and promising them job offers in the upcoming national census.
 
Muge says Odong has been operating with four others still at large to collect the money from each of their victims in the sub counties of Adilang, Lapono and Patongo town council among others areas in Agago district.
 
Muge says Police is reliably informed that the group began extorting money from the public shortly after Uganda Bureau Of Statistics (UBOS) announced the recruitment of census officials in the district in June.
 
One of the complainants is a resident of Patongo town council who refused to be identified by Uganda Radio Network. He said Odong promised him the position of a sub county supervisor with lucrative pay upon an upfront payment of the 80,000 shillings.
 
He said after spending two years without a job, he was desperate enough to pay a bribe for a job. He says a colleague with a junior academic qualification was promised the position of a parish supervisor, after paying 80,000 Uganda shillings as well.
 
SP Mathias Muge, the Agago district Police Commander says the victims reported to Police after learning that Odong and his accomplices have no connection with the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) which is recruiting officials for this year’s national exercise.
 
The DPC says the suspects will face charges of obtaining money by false pretence, soliciting for bribes and corruption – contrary to the penal code act.
 
However, Police is yet to establish the amount the group has conned from unsuspecting members of the public.