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Kampala Daily

Police Officer Found Dead After Losing Shs800,000 to Gambling

On March 8th, a tragic discovery was made at the Kisoga Police post barracks in Mukono district.

A police officer, Constable Hussein Saddick Baguma, was found deceased in his unit.  His fellow officers found him because of a bad smell coming from his quarters.

Baguma had allegedly misappropriated a sum of 800,000 shillings, which was supposed to be declared as a suspect’s money. Instead, he chose to keep it for personal use. This decision, however, led to a catastrophic outcome when he gambled away the entire amount at a betting center.

In a desperate attempt to recover the lost funds, Baguma made frantic pleas to his relatives for financial assistance. Deputy Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, revealed that Baguma even resorted to threats, warning his family that they would never see him again if they failed to provide the money.

During a press conference at the Police headquarters in Naguru, Kampala, Owoyesigyire announced that an investigation into Baguma’s death has been initiated. He stressed the importance of adhering to police protocol, which mandates proper documentation and accountability for all suspects’ property, including money.

While the investigation into Baguma’s untimely death is ongoing, Owoyesigyire highlighted the incident as a stark warning about the dangers of sports betting.

“Beyond the financial risks, it serves as a cautionary tale about the potential consequences of gambling addiction. Baguma’s ill-fated decision not only cost him his life but also serves as a stark reminder of the perils of unchecked gambling habits” Owoyesigyire said.

As the authorities work to uncover the truth behind Baguma’s tragic end, his story serves as a sobering reminder of the importance of responsible financial management and the potential hazards within the world of sports betting.

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