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Crime preventer arrested over impersonating Gulu DPC

Police in Aswa region have arrested a renowned local musician-turned crime preventer for allegedly impersonating Gulu District Police Commander (DPC) with intent to extort money from the public.

Loketo Lee, 35, a resident of Laroo division in Gulu municipality is a common figure at Gulu Central police station making many question whether he is a police officer or a crime preventer.

On Saturday, Loketo’s luck ran out when he tried to con Charles Atube, a resident of Koro Lapainat in Omoro district. He allegedly approached and demanded for Shs 100,000 from Atube to 'settle out' his case at the police as the DPC.

Atube however was not convinced by Loketo's unconventional approach and reported him to police who later accompanied him to hand over the money from a location in front of Smiling Panda,a hangout adjacent to the police headquarters.

Aswa regional police spokesperson Patrick Jimmy Okema

Loketo was given Shs 70,000 which he accepted and was immediately arrested and detained at Gulu central police station on Saturday.

Aswa regional police spokesperson Patrick Jimmy Okema told reporters in Gulu that the Police Professional Standard Unit referred Loketo’s case for investigation after he was found to be a crime preventer, not a police officer as earlier claimed.

Okema says the suspect’s file is ready for sanctioning but he has been released on bond.

"We have his file ready but we had to release him on bond because of the prosecutors’ strike. We shall charge him for either conning or extortion depending on the advise from the Resident State Attorney", said Okema.

He added that members of the public should be on the look out for crime preventers who exceed their mandate to exploit others.

"The are people who go to others in the name of police. Crime preventers are not supposed to be at the police stations, they are to be at their various locations to report and effect arrests.  If you say there are crime preventers who always sit at the police station, we shall investigate that as well." Okema added.

Crime preventers are a group of 3,000 individuals selected in every district in Uganda to aid police in averting crime in the community where they live due to the few number of police officers against the high population in the country.

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+1 #1 wazza 2017-11-02 11:00
Police being in news for negative reasons all the time is sickening! What kind of police do we have?

The public never reads anything good about them but fraud, impersonation, robberies, murders, corruption, nepotism, banditry, gangs, 20-10, tortures etc.

We are tired of you Kayihura with all your team of bandits disguised as policemen.
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0 #2 Akot 2017-11-02 21:03
wazza, thanks.

So, museveni has not destroyed Acholi enough for 30 years & now Acholi are finishing what the dictator started?

Ah! even Acholi have tribal leader helping museveni stay on!

But of course without leadership, there is only confusion-looting-fake officials... who what their share of the loot & help the dictator go on!

Funny, Acholi have become rags used by the dictator who destroyed them for 30 years, but now wants them because those who brought him in do not want him any more!

I hope tribes that United to bring in museveni Reunite NOW so that Acholi are left alone again, but this time, with museveni!

May be Achili will wake up then!
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0 #3 Akot 2017-11-02 21:21
I am so ashamed-frustrated that not even Acholi listen to me!

Acholi did not collued-collaborate with amin, yet they are doing so with museveni after 30 years of being excluded/destroyed & more so at a time when those who brought the dictator in do not want him any more!

If there was leadership in Acholi, it would have been the first Independent Tribal State, especially this would have bothered no other tribe nor UN that built refugee camps for Acholi to keep them safe from Museveni/Kony!

How more useless to our own existence can we descend?

Well, museveni is about to own the entire zone & all this nonsens won't happen then because even police will be replaced with Rwandese!

I never could have imagined conquering Uganda would be easy for museveni, he does not have opposition, not even in Acholi!

Kony, what are you going to do?
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