We would like to refute the incorrect information circulating on social media about a Doctor confessing to the crime of Stealing Arua Regional Referral hospital ambulance. First of all, no Doctor was arrested among the five suspects. Secondly, none of the suspects told police that they stole and sold the ambulance at three hundred million shillings because they thought the “government was changing in May and so needed exile money” as stated in observer.ug/news/headlines…..
The truth is that the 5 people arrested between 2nd and 5th December 2021 in relation to theft of Arua Regional Referral Hospital ambulance included a Dental Assistant, a security guard at the hospital, a driver of the Hospital, a driver attached to OPM, and one other ally of the four. In an interrogation conducted by the joint forces of Police, ISO and CMI they truly confessed to have stolen the ambulance and taken it to DRC Congo.
However, they claim that they have not yet received money for the sale of the ambulance.
The case of this ambulance in question can be traced back to Saturday 27th March 2021 when the ambulance, Toyota Land Cruiser number UG6812M went missing from Arua hospital parking yard. A case of theft of the ambulance was reported at Arua CPS under Arua CRB 305/2021.
Investigations commenced which led to the immediate arrest of the night guards on duty at the hospital on the fateful day. Four guards were accordingly arrested and prosecuted to courts of law from where they pleaded not guilty and the case is still going on up to date.
Since then, intelligence-led investigations have been going on with a view to recovering the ambulance and to arrest the perpetrators.
Accordingly, the 5 (five) suspects were arrested between 2nd and 05th Dec. 2021 and are currently detained at Arua CPS.
The ambulance is yet to be recovered but inquiries are ongoing so as to recover it.
SP Angucia Josephine
PRO West Nile.