Three Police Officers Held Over Robbery

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David Ongom Odong, the North Kyoga Regional Police Spokesperson, says the officer in charge of the Armory he declined to name is out on bond as investigations into the matter continue.

Lira Police are holding three of their own and three employees of BIDCO Uganda for their alleged involvement in theft of Shillings 45 million from the company. Two of the police officers are attached to Lira Police Fire Brigade while the other is the in charge of the Armory at Lira Central Police Station. 



The other suspects are John Ekaju, a driver, his turn man, Jaspher Okello and Innocent Kira, a salesman, all staff of BIDCO Uganda. A police officer, who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity, says the suspects are wanted for their alleged involvement in an ambush at a bridge, just two kilometers from Corner Aloi along Lira-Alebtong highway at around 6pm on Tuesday last week. 



According to the officer, one of the suspects who was dressed in a traffic police uniform flagged down the BIDCO truck enroute from Alebtong district to Lira Town. He says the when the truck stopped the suspect together with others who emerged from the bush put the occupants of the truck at gunpoint and ordered them to surrender all the cash in their possession. The suspects made away with Shillings 45 million. 




Police suspects that the employees of the company connived with the officers to rob their employer. David Ongom Odong, the North Kyoga Regional Police Spokesperson, says the officer in charge of the Armory he declined to name is out on bond as investigations into the matter continue.
 
 
According to Odong, the officer is wanted to releasing two guns that were used in the robbery. He discloses that they have also recovered some of the money was robbed from the suspects. Keshu Modhvadiya, the Managing Director BIDCO Uganda, says this is the fourth time they are registering a similar robbery in Lango since 2005.
 

According to Modhvadiya, the company lost Shillings 38 million in a similar robbery at Amach in Lira district in April last year. He says they were also robbed twice when they had just opened their branch along Kalongo-Patongo road when their truck was returning from Pader district. BIDCO Uganda manufactures soap and oil products.

 

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Denis Olaka
Denis Olaka is the URN bureau chief for Lira, in northern Uganda. Apac and Otuke fall under his docket. Olaka has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Olaka started his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter, anchor, and then editor for Radio Lira in Lira district. He was subsequently an editor with Lira's Radio Wa in 2004 and Gulu district's Mega FM.

He was also a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers.

Olaka's journalism focuses on politics, health, agriculture and education. He does a lot of crime reporting too.