By Ronald Kabuye
Police has refuted the news doing around on social media that it has arrested one of its senior officers who also doubles as the regional police commander RPC for kampala metropolitan police south ACP Siraje Bakaleke on grounds of extortion and armed robbery.
According to the police spokesperson Emilian Kayima he appealed to the public to treat the same as fake news since the officer is still in office going about his official duties.
“Dear fourth estate. Please discard the rumor of the alleged arrest and detention of ACP Bakaleke, Regional Police Commander KMP South by PSU. Its false and amounts to fake news. The officer is at his place of work going about his duties in the region.” read Kayima’message
However Kayima confirmed that they investigating the same gold scam that involved South Koreans but details will be revealed at an appropriate time.
“Yes. There is an investigation involving foreign nationals and the conduct of some of our officers. Details will be given as and when their time comes. We have to protect this investigation without any over ups” read Kayima’message
Today social media was awash with news of the arrest of Bakaleke and four other officers on allegations of extorting more than 1.4 billion shillings from two South Korean nationals who were in the country for the purchase gold.
The South Koreans are identified as Park Seunghoon and Hang Shingu Un who were to meet some gold dealers at Acacia mall in Kampala through their lawyer only identified as Wanyoto but instead they were sorounded by security operatives, put on gun point and asked to hand over the money they had.
It’s also purported that the two were arrested and detained at Katwe Police station. After detention for two days, police officers bought two air tickets with emirates air and planned to repatriate the two using some of the extorted money however the plane left them behind as they were being transported to entebbe international airport.
The other police officers purported to be detained at Nalufenya police Facility include; Isaac Munezero, the Officer in charge Crime Intelligence Katwe police station, George Kayongo, Kenneth Zirintuusa and Patrick Ochen.