Twelve people have been arrested in an operation targeting suspects accused of extorting money from motorists in Kampala.
According to police, the operation follows complaints from motorists, especially boda boda riders, who have been accusing people in civilian wear of impounding their motorcycles along the clock tower area and later extorting money from them before releasing them.
Police reveal that their team from the City Central Police Station carried out an operation on Wednesday in the affected areas of Clocktower and Biwologoma where several complaints had been registered.
“12 suspects have been arrested. These include three KCCA enforcement officers whom the riders accuse of colluding with others to extort money.
A chain used to lock down the motorcycles in ungazetted places has also been recovered and taken as evidence,” says Deputy Kampala Metropolitan spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire.
Owoyesigyire says the operation is still ongoing.
“The public should take note that only officers in uniform should stop and impound your motorcycle.
In case you are affected by such a situation, report the matter to the DPC, Central Police Station, or officer in charge of traffic,” he says.
He says the arrested suspects will be arraigned in courts of law as soon as investigations into them are done.