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Four Notorious Cattle Thieves Netted In Agago

Lubega says the suspects will be charged with theft of cattle once investigations are complete. He notes that the district is currently a hotbed of animal thefts owing to the lucrative livestock markets in West Nile region and Amac Market in Dokolo District.
Agago police are holding four suspects over theft of cattle. The suspects were arrested in operations conducted on Sunday and Monday morning. Samson Lubega, the Agago District Police Commander told URN in an interview on Monday that the suspects are believed to be part of the gang that was behind rampant cattle theft in the district.

   He says two of the suspects were arrested from Patongo Town Council while two others were apprehended in Lira District transporting the stolen cattle for sale. Three animals were recovered in the operation, according to Lubega. He says the suspects have been under police surveillance for the past six months after being implicated in several cattle thefts in Adilang, Lapono, Lukole and Lira Palwo sub counties. 

Lubega says the suspects, whose identities can’t be revealed by police for fear of jeopardizing their investigations, are being detained at Patongo Police Station. Lubega says the suspects will be charged with theft of cattle once investigations are complete. He notes that the district is currently a hotbed of animal thefts owing to the lucrative livestock markets in West Nile region and Amac Market in Dokolo District.

Lubega says sister security agencies have heightened intelligence on the rising cattle theft in the area. Linos Ngompek, the Agago Resident District Commissioner, says already 350 Local Defense Unit-LDU personnel have been deployed along the borders of Agago to counter animal theft by rustlers.  

He says the District Security Committee has also imposed a ban on transport of animals at night, adding that all animals must be transported during day time with valid animal travel permits.  “We have directed the District Police Commander to implement this directive to avoid theft of animals. The directives have also been issued to Sub county chiefs to designate known markets for animal sale,” he said.

Armed rustlers from the neighboring Karamoja region have also been behind rampant cattle theft in Agago district.  At least two people were killed early this year and more than 300 cattle stolen from livestock farmers in Agago by suspected cattle rustlers from Jie Tribe in Kotido District. 200 animals were later recovered by Uganda People’s Defense Forces soldiers [UPDF].

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