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Aswa Region Police Withdraw Guns from Private Security Guards :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Aswa Region Police Withdraw Guns from Private Security Guards

Inspector General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola issued the directive last week instructing Private Security Companies to step up deployment to prevent their personnel being disarmed by thugs.
The Police in Aswa River Region have withdrawn 42 guns from private security guards operating in the area.

The weapons were taken away in line with a new police directive abolishing the deployment of lone security guards.

Last week, the Inspector General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola issued the directive instructing Private Security Companies to step up deployment to prevent their personnel being disarmed by thugs.

Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa River Police Spokesperson says that Police in the region conducted an impromptu operation in which the 42 weapons were seized from the guards.

He said plans are underway to return the rifles to the companies.

Okema said 30 of the seized weapons were picked from Gulu district while the 12 were collected from security guards in Kitgum district. He says police records indicate that many Private Security Companies lose weapons to thugs through single deployment. 

According to Okema, the seized weapons are in the Police armoury at Gulu Central Police Station.

Albert Oyom, the senior assistant supervisor at Ex - Police and Security Servicemen (EXPOSS), a Private Security Company in Gulu Town said the raid affected five of their duty stations. He said the company will from now on implement the new directive. 

Oyom said many security organizations make single deployment of guards on account of having limited number of personnel. He urged Police to sensitize their clients on the need for increasing deployment.  



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