Police boss suspended over extortion of Shs1.5 million from Chinese investors

During grilling, officer admitted to the crime and refunded the money within five minutes

POLICE–Police have suspended its officer in charge of Wakiso Division over allegations of extorting Shs1.5 million from Chinese investors.

According to sources, Kampala Metropolitan Police commander Moses Kafeero suspended ASP Graciano Nkurunziza after getting complaints from Chinese investors dealing in steal making industry.

According to sources who spoke to this news website in confidence, the investors, proprietors of Pearl Group of Company, were robbed of Shs250 million when they reported the case at a station in Wakiso.

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The OC station then dispatched officers to the scene to investigate.

“After a week, officers came and told us that they had arrested some thugs who had connived with our security guards who worked during day time when robbery happened,” one the investors said.

Police went ahead and arrested the two security guards.

After detaining the suspects, ASP Nkurunziza allegedly went back to the investors and demanded money, saying that it was to track more suspects.

Nkurunziza also reportedly claimed that the money was to feed the suspects in custody.

Chinese wondered why they should be feeding suspects in police custody but later told Nkurunziza that they were giving him Shs500,000 but he reportedly refused and asked for Shs2 million. After haggling over the amount, the investors paid Shs1.5 million.

But immediately after giving Nkurunziza the money, the investors went and reported him to his boss Moses Kafeero, who immediately summoned Nkurunziza and his DPC SP Justus Tashobya.

Sources told Crime24 that during the brief meeting with KPM commander, Nkurunziza admitted liability and was asked to return the money.

Kafeero, who also instructed Tashobya to close his office and wait the next course of action, Tuesday confirmed to Crime24 that Nkurunziza had returned the money within five minutes of their meeting.

The embattled officer remains on suspension pending disciplinary hearing. Crime24 understands Police are yet to forward the misdemeanor file to the ethics committee at the headquarters in Naguru.

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