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Lira Journalists Storm Police Over Missing Radio Presenter

Over 50 media practitioners today stormed Lira Central Police station demanding to know the whereabouts of Augustine Okello alias Rouks, a presenter with Rhino FM who disappeared last week. Okello was last seen on Wednesday last week at Hotel Grand Pacific with senior security operatives.
Over 50 media practitioners today stormed Lira Central Police station demanding to know the whereabouts of Augustine Okello alias Rouks, a presenter with Rhino FM who disappeared last week. Okello was last seen on Wednesday last week at Hotel Grand Pacific with senior security operatives.

 

Today, journalists under Lango United Journalists Association led by their chairperson Nancy Obita and General Secretary Hudson Apunyo petitioned the RDC, DPC and DISO to explain the whereabouts of Okello. In their petition, the journalists argue that it is unfair for security officials in the district to remain silent about the disappearance of the presenter and yet it is highly suspected he was arrested by them.

 

They claim on the fateful day, Okello allegedly received a call from Steven Eryaku, Lira District Internal Security Officer inviting him for a meeting but he was not seen again. Sarah Aciro, a new anchor at Rhino FM yesterday alleged that she was with Okello when Eryaku invited him for the meeting. Eryaku has since denied any involvement in the alleged disappearance of Okello. Francis Ogema Awany, coordinator Uganda Journalist Union says all they want is to know what crime Okello committed and where he is being detained.

Ogema says gone are days when people were kidnapped and killed. Addressing the journalist, Robert Ssemata, Lira District Police Commander said police had opened a general inquiry file about the disappearance of Okello. He declined to answer any questions from the journalists.

Henry Alyanga, the mid North Regional Police spokesman promised to avail the journalists with the information they want later today. As a result, journalist pitch camped at the police station waiting for the information from police.

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