Police boss flees after missing gun is recovered from criminals

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By PHILIP WAFULA & YAZID YOLISIGIRA

A police officer is reportedly on the run after a gun suspected to have been used in a robbery about two months ago was recovered.
Assistant Inspector of Police (AIP) Geoffrey Odongo, in charge of Ibulanku police post in the newly created Bugweri District, is said to have fled from his duty station, triggering a police manhunt.
The gun, an AK47 assault rifle, was discovered last Friday by a rice farmer who was tilling his garden in Igamba Village, Iganga municipality in Iganga District and alerted the police.

The firearm is believed to have been used and discarded by three thugs who were being pursued by police after reportedly robbing Shs95m from a warehouse along Kaliro Road in Iganga Town on July 16.
The trio, while in full pursuit by the police, abandoned their getaway car UAF 316K by the roadside and fled into a thicket, leaving Shs41m of their heist behind.

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Investigators now want to piece together accusations that Mr Odongo could have hired out the gun to the robbers after a ‘similar’ gun went missing from his armory.
“All we hear is that he is in Western Uganda, then Central region and the like but we shall get him,” a detective at Iganga Police Station who requested anonymity on Wednesday said of the fugitive.
When contacted, the Busoga East police spokesman, Mr James Mubi, under whose jurisdiction Mr Odongo’s police post falls, says he doesn’t know Mr Odongo’s whereabouts.

“I don’t know where Odongo is. I have no idea where he is; the information I have is that the gun that was used in the robbery has been recovered,” he said.
Adding: “Any other allegation besides that, I have no idea. About Odongo being guilty or not guilty is a trial process.”
Efforts to get a comment from Mr Odongo were futile as his known telephone lines were off by the time of filing this story.

Monitor.co.ug

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