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Three Police Officers Arrested For Alleged Torture, Extortion in Otuke

The trio were arrested on Tuesday evening on orders of the Otuke Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Robert Abak following complaints by residents that they beat them up even from their homes while enforcing the COVID-19 curfew.

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Three police officers in Otuke district have been arrested for alleged torture and extortion while enforcing the presidential directives to stop the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The officers arrested on Tuesday include; Julius Ocen, the Officer In-charge of Ogete Sub County Police Station, Detective Constable Patrick Ameny and Constable Boniface Owiny.   

Otuke Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Robert Abak ordered for the arrest of the three officers following complaints by residents that they beat them up even from their homes while enforcing the COVID-19 curfew.   

Abak told URN in an interview on Wednesday that while enforcing the Presidential directive on curfew, the officers entered into people`s houses and also extorted unspecified amount of money from businessmen that had gone beyond the curfew time.

The three are being detained at Otuke Central Police Station on charges of extortion and torture vide CRB 69/2020.   

The arrest comes at a time when eleven police officers and six soldiers were arrested for torturing residents of Elegu Town Council in Amuru district while enforcing the presidential directives against COVID-19.   

The police officers have been remanded to Gulu Main Prisons, while the soldiers were handed over six months jail term by the army court martial.  

Fourth Division Army Commander, Brigadier General Bonny Bamwiseki has repeatedly urged security under his docket to engage people rather than brutalizing them while enforcing the directives.  

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