Five police officers arrested over siphoning fuel in Nwoya
They include sergeant Brian Okello Sadik; corporal Caesar Dragudu, constable Albert Oven, constable Christopher Ocen and constable Anthony Adirondack.
They are all being detained at Nwoya Central police station pending disciplinary trial. Their arrest follows a video clip that went viral on social media in which the officers were captured illegally siphoning fuel into their plastic containers from a fuel tanker that had overturned along Karuma-Pakwach highway on August 29.
The accident that involved a fuel tank lorry registration number CGO 1296AA-06/CGO 1297AA-06 was transporting petrol from Eldoret in Kenya through Uganda en route to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), happened at Wipolo village, around Agung trading centre in Anaka sub-county.
Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa River Region police spokesperson says that the fuel truck was carrying 39,000 litres of petroleum. Upon reaching the venue to cordon it from the public, the officers resorted to siphoning fuel for personal gain.
According to Okema, police management has condemned the act of the regrettable acts of the officers and assured the public of due punishment against the culprits.
In August 2019, 19 people were killed after a fuel truck burst up in flames after losing control and crashing into three cars in Rubirizi district, western Uganda.