By Simon Masaba
TABLES turned on four Police officers at Gaba Police Post in Kampala on Sunday evening when they were arrested over the escape of five suspects from custody.
Assistant Superintendent of Police, John Tibanone, who is the officer in charge of Gaba Police Post, together with Nelson Okot, Charles Mpaero and Gala Sebbi, were arrested.
The officers are being detained at Nsambya Police barracks on charges of negligence of duty.
Police investigations show that the five suspected criminals who led to the arrest of the Police officers escaped from Gaba Police post on Sunday night.
The suspects are Warren Ariho, Ali Kachwa, Jaffar Tambula, Swaibu Samanya and Simon Mujuzi. They were arrested at Gaba trading centre on charges of burglary, theft and simple robbery.
The Kampala Metropolitan spokesperson, Patrick Onyango told New Vision on Monday that the officers (Police) did not notify Kabalagala Police Station of the transfer of the suspects, since Gaba Police Post is not a holding centre for suspects.
The suspects who were arrested during the day reportedly spent the afternoon at the Police post and used the cover of darkness to escape from custody.
It is the second time Police officers have been arrested over neglect of duty. In February, four Police officers were arrested for failing to respond to an attack on a fellow officer.
Joseph Bigirwa, a Police officer attached to Kajjansi Police Station was shot dead by assailants who had attacked a petrol station and a mobile money point along Entebbe Road.
Police investigations revealed that Bigirwa was alone on duty at the station when gunmen attacked and by the time his colleagues arrived at the scene, he had been fatally wounded.
Onyango said investigations into the escape of suspects from Gaba Police Post had been launched.
Four Police officers held over suspects’ escape