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Adjumani Police Arrests Four Refugees in a Night Raid for Illegal Gun Possession

A copy of the search certificate dated August 23, 2019 our reporter saw indicates that no gun was recovered apart from a pair of military uniform, two pairs of shocks, national identity cards of Uganda and Southern Sudan and note books among other personal property.
South Sudanese refugees in Adjumani town council are in panic following the arrest of four of their colleagues for illegal possession of firearms and military attire.

  The suspects are Isaac Lagu Jabakan, the deputy Lopirigo Cultural Chief of the Madi clan, his

his younger brothers Francis Alimansi and Paul, all residents of Biyaya village. The fourth suspect is Gama Jaligo, a resident of Molukpwoda village in Adjumani town Council.

 

Lagu’s wife, Rose Lagu says police raided their home at around 10:00pm and besieged it until 1:00am. They kicked their doors and banged windows to force them to open. “When I finally opened the door, they dragged out my husband and later forced me to sit beside him. When I resisted one of the officers whom I recall well slapped me in the face several times causing a blackout in my eyes,” Lagu narrated.  

She said the officers numbering about fifteen told her to handover a firearm they were hiding in the house. She answered in the negative forcing the officers ransack the house. 

“At the end of the search they found SPLA uniform, which belonged to my late brother in-law and a pair of jungle boots, three pieces of socks, note book, mobile phone and a number less motorcycle, which they claimed my husband was using for smuggling guns,” she said.

  A copy of the search certificate dated August 23, 2019  our reporter saw indicates that no gun was recovered apart from a pair of military uniform, two pairs of shocks, national identity cards of Uganda and Southern Sudan and note books among other personal property.

According to Lagu, when she took tea for her husband, she saw him paraded before a green UPDF pick. She says that her efforts to inquire what was happening didn’t yield any response from the police officers as they told her it was none of her business    

The families of the four detained refugees are currently living in fear that they might have been harmed as efforts to trace them are fading. The UPDF 4th division publicist, Maj. Telesphur told URN he wasn’t on ground. He however, said he was only aware of South Sudanese refugees who were arrested from Kitgum on allegation of recruiting refugees to join Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition, a faction loyal to former Southern Sudan vice president, Rieck Machar. 

The West Nile police spokesperson Josephine Angucia, said she wasn’t aware of the incident as she hasn’t been briefed by Adjumani DPC, Hasunira Ahmed. An official from Office of Prime Minister refugees’ desk office in Adjumani told journalists that the four suspects were transferred to Gulu barracks by officials from the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence {CMI}.  

He advised the family members to call the office of Refugee Law Project for legal redress since they have been kept in custody beyond 48 hours as required by law. The Adjumani Resident District Commissioner, Peter Taban Data said the four refugees are in safe place. ”It is true the police arrested four refugees in Adjumani town but the issues of security cannot be blasted like that,” he said on telephone.

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