The Territorial Police in Iganga are actively investigating a case of conspiracy to defraud and theft of case amounting to Shs150m allegedly donated to New Beginnings International Ministries, for the construction of a Maternity Ward, in Iganga district.
The facts gathered indicate that New Beginnings International Ministries through their CEO, Henry Isoba, entered into an agreement, with Olele Dan, a 56-year-old Civil Engineer of Wailaka Central, Kakira Parish, in Jinja district, to construct the maternity ward at a cost of Shs176m.
Surprisingly, on June 18, 2022, at around 6pm, the CEO proceeded to inspect the project site with cash Shs150m in his car (a premio registration number UAX291X).
The Project Engineer was absent. After inspection, he re-entered his car which had remained unlocked and drove off. He, however, reached home and realized the money had been stolen from his car.
“We are now investigating circumstances under which, the money was stolen from the CEO’s car while at the Project Site. In addition, we are in receipt of two contract agreements of Shs176m and Shs75m, respectively signed between the two parties that is also a subject of our investigations,” said Police Spokesperson CP Fred Enanga.
As a result, the CEO registered a complaint of theft against the Project Engineer, Olele Dan, and caused his arrest at Magamaga.
It is during the arrest that Olele Dan called himself a brother to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Martin Okoth Ochola.
He further used that privilege to extort money from the public and also get special treatment from the police, according to Enanga.
“We wish to refute the claim as totally fallacious. The IGP and his family, categorically reject the claim as false and an insult to the family. We, therefore, demand several media outlets that carried the misleading news story referring to the suspect as the IGP’s brother, arrested on charges of theft and conspiracy, immediately withdraw it and use the correct version,” Enanga said.
“The office of the IGP continues to adhere to the highest levels of professional standards, where everyone is treated equally before the law. In addition, all Territorial Commanders, have been asked to remain steadfast, while carrying out their duties and avoid getting duped by fraudsters and criminals, who use the office of the IGP and other high-ranking security and government officials, for their selfish gains.”
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