They cited police tendencies toward favoring the middle class at the expense of the poor.

By Moses Alinda

ARUA: The police in Arua City have refuted claims of aiding corruption in the area.

During a community dialogue conducted by the office of the Inspector General of Government (IGG) at the OPM grounds in Arua on Wednesday this week, a section of residents expressed dissatisfaction with how the services are rendered in the institution.

Police were on the spot for collecting money from people who were coming to seek services at the counter, while some of the cases have taken a long time to get justice since the time they reported their cases to police.

The numerous complaints were raised by people who have failed or delayed getting justice since they reported their cases and have not been attended to.

They cited police tendencies toward favoring the middle class at the expense of the poor.

However, the Division Police Commander, Arua Central Division Jude Nasucha, told this publication on Friday that some of the issues that were raised are not for police.

On the issue of delayed justice, he said that the complainant said that the bank attached his property, which had not been agreed on earlier.

The police opened a general inquiry file, in which later the resident state attorney advised him to open a civil suit, whereby the file was ready and the owner was informed of the development.

On the issue of extorting money from the counter, the Nasucha said that as police, they condemn it, and those acts are aided by undisciplined officers who perform them at their own risks.

He said the biggest challenge has been the community members’ refusal to give information in time so that such officers are apprehended.

Nasucha said that sometimes people fail to differentiate between the enforcement officers of Arua City and the police, citing the case of a lady who raised an issue about enforcement officers who picked up her property and have never returned them till today.

Nasucha further said they are working hard to make sure they clean up crimes committed by both officers and criminals within Arua to have a crime-free city.

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