Busia-Police in Busia District have arrested one of their own along with two suspected armed robbers.
The officer is believed to have been staging armed robberies with other criminals in eastern Uganda and parts of western Kenya.
An AK-47 rifle and five bullets, all property of the Uganda Police Force, were also recovered during the operation that began in Busia, but later stretched to the districts of Tororo, Mbale, Bukedea, Pallisa and Soroti last week.
Police said the gun had been hidden in one of the rooms in a lodge in Malaba Town.
Busia District police commander Julius Gobolo said the arrested officer is attached to Soroti Central Police Station. He was still being held in Busia by press time yesterday.
One of the suspected robbers is said to have led the police to Malaba, where his colleague was arrested and the gun recovered before they headed out to Soroti to arrest the police officer.
Mr Gobolo said the police officer was arrested after the two suspects told police that it was he who had been providing them with the gun to use in the robberies.
“We have started investigating how the police gun was found being used to carry out robberies and to terrorise members of the public it is supposed to protect,” Mr Gobolo said.
The arrest of the police officer comes a few days after the Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, revealed while releasing the latest crime statistics, that some unscrupulous elements within the police were behind criminal activities, including hiring out guns to gangsters.