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Livestock Farmers Lose Over 100 Animals, Birds to Thugs

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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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 attackers.

He notes 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 animals.

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 pandemic.

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