Former Moyo district police commander Ignatius Dragudu has been arrested for allegedly receiving a bribe. Dragudu, who is being detained at Moyo central police station, was arrested on Wednesday evening after receiving a bribe of 50, 000 shillings to arrest a suspect for committing a traffic offense.
Dragudu, who is being detained at Moyo central police station, was arrested on Wednesday evening after receiving a bribe of 50, 000 shillings to arrest a suspect for committing a traffic offense.
According to Kennedy Owori, an official at the Inspectorate General of Government (IGG) Moyo office, Dragudu’s arrest came after a complainant reported to the office of the IGG that the officer needed the cash to arrest the suspect in question.
He says after receiving the information they helped the complainant with the money after recording its serial numbers and as he proceeded to hand the money to Dragudu at his home, they followed and arrested him immediately.
He says the informer told them that the traffic offense was committed by an employee of Moyo town council.
The source added that the matter had reached court, but that the town council official ignored court summons several times until an arrest warrant was issued on November 28, 2012.
This gave Dragudu who until arrest was heading the criminal investigations department in Moyo, an advantage of convincing the complainant to pay him 50,000 shillings so that he can arrest the suspect.
According to the complainant, Dragudu said he is the only police officer who can arrest the suspect but on condition that he pays the money first.
The complainant said because he had no way of raising the money, he was advised to report the officer to the IGG.
Owori said Dragudu is to be produced in court on Tuesday to answer charges of receiving a bribe.
Fredrick Ssegirinya, the northwestern regional police commander says the suspect was held beyond the mandatory 48 hours as they waited for a directive from the Inspector General of Police.
Dragudu becomes the second police officer to be suspended over allegations of corruption in West Nile within a period of one month. Charles Walera, the former regional police commander, was suspended amidst allegations of embezzling 7.5 million shillings meant for feeding suspects in the districts of Koboko, Yumbe, Moyo and Adjumani.