Security personnel in Gulu City have arrested 90 people in a
crackdown on criminals.
The suspects aged between 18 and 30 years were picked up on Monday and Tuesday
from their different hideouts.
Denis Odongpiny, the Gulu Resident City Commissioner says that the suspects are
believed to be behind the numerous criminal activities within Gulu City
particularly Bardege-Layibi Division.
He disclosed that the suspects who were found in possession of breaking
equipment and opium have been locked up at Gulu Central Police Station pending
screening before they are arraigned in court for various crimes.
The operation follows public outcry about the unbecoming criminal cases within the
Bardege-Layibi division that are reportedly manned by suspected street
At Kanyagoga Parish which is a renowned hideout for the gangs, Florence Atoo
the area local chairperson said that more than 300 cases have been registered
in the area within the last three months.
The crimes range from housebreaking, robberies, opium smoking, attempted rape
She reports that the
criminals waylay their unsuspected victims, beat them up and rob them of their
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Atoo asked security personnel to intensify night patrols to save people from
the acts of the criminals whom she described as hooligans.
Matthew Okwera, a resident of Kirombe parish says that movements past 6:00 pm
have become extremely risky because that is the time the criminals wreak their
David Ongom Mudong, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson called for
vigilance from the public and reporting the criminals to authorities to have
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However, Alfred Okwonga, the Gulu City Mayor attributes the crimes to street
He says that they are designing modules to resettle all the street
children to restore sanity and security in the city.
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