Walter Okello, the Omel Parish LC III Councilor identified the most affected as Kuru and Akamdyang villages. He explains that unidentified thugs have been terrorizing the village over the past week stealing foodstuff, animals and poultry.
Livestock farmers in Gulu District are battling
the frequent raids of their animals and poultry farms by unknown thugs following
the second nationwide lockdown.
The livestock farmers in Omel Sub County says
that they have lost 80 goats, 25 pigs and 76 birds since last week when
President, Yoweri Museveni announced the lockdown.
Walter Okello, the Omel Parish LC III Councilor
identified the most affected as Kuru and Akamdyang villages. He explains that
unidentified thugs have been terrorizing the village over the past week
stealing foodstuff, animals and poultry.
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He explains that most of the raids occur at 12:00
am and 3:00 am, adding that the attackers roam the villages in groups of five to
nine people. Okello has called for security deployment in the area to protect the
livestock farmers, whom he says are vulnerable to the machete-wielding
that the community cannot pursue the attackers who always flee with their
animals because of the current night restrictions. Patrick Okello lost three goats to the attackers on Saturday night. He says that about five people
attacked his home and locked him inside the house before they took off with his
King Justine Alex, who lost 15 chicken to the thugs,
says that a similar group raided his pane and threatened to kill him when he
attempted to resist their attack. Patrick Ogola, the LC I
chairperson, says that he plans to hold an emergency security meeting this week
to discuss the security crisis in the area.
The Aswa Regional Police Public Relations Officer,
Patrick Jimmy Okema, said they are not aware of the security crisis in the area.
He advised the public to report the matter and liaise with the police and
sister security agencies to prevent the criminal especially at this time when the Country is battling the COVID-19