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Masaka Boda-boda rider sets himself ablaze in OC’s office

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Unidentified boda-boda rider has set himself ablaze in the officer the Officer in Charge (OC) of the station at Masaka central police station (CPS).

Reports indicate that on Monday, police officers in operation to enforce president Museveni’s directives peddled at curbing the spread of #Covid-19 pandemic, they impounded the deceased’s motorbike Bajaj Boxer. The deceased is averred to have been riding during curfew hours.

Unlike usual police actions of impounding and arresting a boda-boda rider, the deceased was told to go home and look for money to get his bike back.

However, a source in police told Eagle Online that contrary to assertion that he was a boda-boda, the fact are that the man was a cook at the same station where he cooked for Field Force Unit of the police. The source further revealed that the deceased was a resident of the police barracks.

“It was a mistake of the police because that man is one of their own, the boda-boda bit is a side income otherwise he is a cook at the same station where he cooks for Field Force Unit. He stays in the same barracks. The actually story is that they impounded his motorcycle on June 1, but when he went to police to reclaim it, he was asked by the OC for money which he couldn’t manage to pay and so he decided to go back to the barracks where he returned from and set himself ablaze”.

Earlier today, the boda-boda man reported to OC’s office in bid to get his bike back. To his dismay, he was asked to pay Shs 50,000 which he could not afford. He tried to plead with the OC however he declined.

The man however decided to go and buy fuel to set himself and the officer ablaze. The officer however managed to escape as the rider suffocates in office.

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