ARUA. Two police officers attached to Mvara police post in Arua Hill Division, Arua Municipality have been arrested for soliciting a bribe of sh100,000.

The officers were on May 7, 2018 arrested on orders of Mr Evans Vuata Onigo, the head of police professional standards unit (PSU) West Nile.

Speaking to West Nile Web in his office on Thursday, Vuata said the two officer were the ones in charge of Mvara outpost.

According to Vuata, it was alleged that on the fateful day, the officers arrested Mr. Nelson Afemani, a Bodaboda rider in Dadamu Sub County and detained him at the police post for unreported case of suspected theft. 

In the process, Vuata said the duo demanded for sh100, 000 from the victim for his release.

“When Afemani’s relatives were informed, they quickly mobilized the money and took it to Candiru. Upon a tip off, I immediately sent my officers to Mvara where they arrested the two officers and conducted a search,” Vuata said.

“The money was later found in Candiru’s drawer and on interrogation, the two officers confessed to have received the money from Afemani’s relatives,” Vuata added.

He said the officers were instantly transferred to Arua central police station (CPS) where they were detained and later released on police bond on Wednesday as investigations continue into the matter.

He noted that upon investigations, a decision will be taken to either charge the suspects in police or civilian court.

The arrest of the two has brought the number of police officers caught in action in the months of April and May to seven.

Vuata said the officers were arrested for various offenses including mismanagement of case files, extortion and bribe.

The officer who is charged with maintaining ethical standards in police appealed to the public to report any case of misconduct involving police officers to PSU for appropriate action.

He also urged police officers to consider doing work within their ethical provisions to avoid landing in trouble.