Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson says for the first time, the new year celebration in Acholi sub-region went on peacefully without crimes like murder, rape, and grave assault among others reported to the police.
The Police in Aswa River Region has attributed the crime-free New
Year festivities in Acholi sub-region on the tight covid-19 restrictions that
barred large gatherings.
Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson says for the
first time, the New Year celebrations in Acholi sub-region went on peacefully
without crimes like murder, rape, and grave assault among others reported to
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Okema also notes that effective operational plans by the police in the region
reinforced by community policing aided crime-free celebrations in the region.
He, however, says at least 100 people were arrested in Gulu city for violating
curfew time imposed to limit night movements. According to Okema, the suspects
will be prosecuted after investigations.
In a related development, a 42-year-old man identified as Joseph Otto was on
Thursday found dead in his home in Alanyo east village, Orina parish in
Laperebong sub-county, Agago district.
The deceased according to Police reports committed suicide by
hanging on New Year’s Eve in his house on unclear grounds.
Okema says the incident could be the first reported suicide case in the region
where at least 80 people took their own lives last year alone.
Since March last year, the Ministry of Health initiated tight restrictions on
large public gatherings and banned operations of bars, discotheques, music
concerts and introduced night curfew to limit night movements.
The Police also banned the display of fireworks across the country to usher in
the new year on grounds that it will attract crowds likely to aid the spread of
covid-19. Uganda is currently registering a surge in covid-19 cases with
cumulative cases hitting 35,511 and 265 deaths registered since March last year
according to Health Ministry statistics.