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Local Leaders Hail Security Crackdown on Criminal Gangs :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Local Leaders Hail Security Crackdown on Criminal Gangs

Brian Openyrwot, the Kweyo Ward councilor in Bardege –Layibi Division, says that the ongoing operation has registered success since the number of the suspected criminals who used to flock to the streets at nightfall has dropped.
Ugandan Field Force Police Officers manning security in Gulu City

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Local authorities in Gulu City have hailed security on the ongoing crackdown against criminal gangs that have for long been terrorizing residents. The gangs have been involved in housebreaking, rape, assault, burglary, handbag, and phone snatching, and robbery among other crimes.

The gangs operate at night and normally take advantage of the non-functional solar street lights to waylay their victims in dark areas. However, 283 suspects have been arrested in a UPDF crackdown that started on Sunday night and ran to Wednesday.

The suspects were picked up from hotspots within the central business district as well as the outskirts of Gulu city. Brian Openyrwot, the Kweyo Ward councilor in Bardege –Layibi Division, says that the ongoing operation has registered success since the number of the suspected criminals who used to flock to the streets at nightfall has dropped.

Openyrwot revealed that prior to the operation, the locals were living in fear of attack by the gang members. He has appealed to security to intensify the operation in the outskirts like Kweyo and Alokolum Wards in Bardege –Layibi Division in a bid to get rid of criminal activities there once and for all.

Alex Okoya, the Chairman of Laborline Ward in Pece –Laroo Division in Gulu City, says that the intervention of UPDF to deal with the criminals is very timely and that Gulu City could not be allowed to become a city of hooliganism.

Okoya appealed to the residents of Gulu City to join hands with the security forces to get rid of criminals for prosecution. David Ongom Mudong, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson, says that some of the suspects were released after being cautioned.

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Mudong, however, noted that the biggest challenge they are facing in the ongoing operation is evidence gathering because most of the suspects were apprehended from corridors and trenches.

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Jane Francis Okili, the Gulu Resident City Commissioner revealed that security shall not relent until the entire criminal network in the city is dismantled. He says that they will make sure that all the suspects are charged, and prosecuted to deter others from committing similar offenses.