3 Adjumani Police Officers Suspended over Suspects' Escape

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Three police officers have been suspended indefinitely for allegedly conniving with thieves to steal more than 600 head of cattle in Adjumani District. The trio is Francis Aturupasi, the officer in charge of Dzaipi police post and police constables Emmanuel Enguima and David Ochen. Their suspension came after they arrested and released James Karai and Patrick Onzima, suspected notorious cattle thieves, under unclear circumstances on the way to Adjumani police station. The officers claim that Karai and Onzima wrestled them on the police pickup truck and escaped into the bush. But the officers had reportedly notified their superiors that the suspected thieves had been curled and were safely en route Adjumani police station. Charles Sebabulinde, the Adjumani District Police Commander, confirmed the suspension. He says the district police disciplinary committee issued the suspension to establish the truth and prevent the officers from interfering with the investigations. Sebabulinde reveals that the stolen cattle were traced to Dinka pastoralists in Nimule in Southern Sudan who confessed to having bought them from the two released suspects. The DPC says the officers' act is criminal and amounts to abuse of office. One of the suspended officers, Emmanuel Enguima, says they were suspended before questioning. He accuses the disciplinary committee of bias, saying it is not first time suspects have escaped while on transfer yet in those cases no police officers got suspended. Onzima says he wants speedy investigations so that they can either be cleared or prosecuted because nobody is above the law. This is the second police suspension in West Nile in about three weeks. Early this month the Regional Police Commander, Patrick Otika, suspended the Arua District Criminal Investigations Officer, Romano Okuja, for allegedly receiving a 500,000-shilling bribe to kill off a defilement case involving a Sudanese.