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Police Nab Suspect in Ugx 35 Million School Fraud Case in Arua

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The West Nile Regional Police Headquarters has recently addressed a fraud case in Obichako village, Arua district, involving a suspect who deceitfully promised educational advancements. This incident, occurring in September 2023, involved Aja Victor Adame, a 43-year-old from Wakiso district, who posed as a government official offering promotions and scholarships.

Adame visited the office of Lillian Tako, a 54-year-old headteacher at Logiri Girls Secondary School, claiming he was sent by the Minister of State for Higher Education to identify teachers for promotion and students for scholarships. Believing the fraudulent claims, 35 school staff members collectively paid Ugx 1,000,000 each, hoping to secure the promised positions and scholarships by December 2023.

The situation escalated when Adame cut off all communication after receiving Ugx 35 million, prompting the headteacher to report the scam to the Arua Vurra Central Police Station. The police acted promptly, arresting Adame and recovering Ugx 2,000,000 as part of the ongoing investigation.

The West Nile Regional Police Headquarters urges the public to remain vigilant against such fraudulent schemes and to report any suspicious activities. They also commend the headteacher’s quick response, which was instrumental in the arrest and ongoing efforts to protect educators from exploitation. The police continue to emphasize their commitment to safeguarding the community, especially educators, from such deceptive practices.

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