Lira – Just a day after police apprehended three young men purporting to be students of Bright Light College in Lira with fake dollars, another three have been picked by the police on the same crime.
The trio – now under proper security custody is Patrick Okane, Sam Ogwang and Fred Apoka.
They were intercepted after an attempt to change the fake dollars into Uganda shillings at Olila and Sons Shop on Obote Avenue (Lira Main Street) was sabotaged.
“We received a telephone call from Olila and Sons this morning telling us of some three men who are in possession of fake dollar, police quickly responded and we have them in custody” Joel Tubanone, the Lira district police commander told TND news Uganda in an interview.
Tubanone says police is aware that fake dollars has flooded the market in Lira and the holders and majorly targeting bookshops whose business is booming as a result of kids [learners] going back to school.
He warned the business community in Lira to be vigilant and report to police any case of suspicions on the legal tender exchanging hands in their shops
Richard Olila, the proprietor of Olila and Sons shop told this contemporary news website that one of the boys named Patrick Ogwang approached him with 28,100 dollars, approximately 103 million Uganda shillings and asked to change it to the local currency.
“I was prompted to alert the police after inspecting the dollars and I realized it was fake,” Olila said, adding that Ogwang [suspect] told him that he was also duped by another person.
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