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Nabilatuk Bitter With Police Over Escape of Suspects

John Bosco Alinga, the LC 1 Chairperson of Kampswahili Cell in Nabilatuk Town Council, who handed over the petition to the RDC on behalf of over 100 LC 1 Chairpersons, said they acted based on community concern.

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Village Chairpersons in Nabilatuk Sub County and Nabilatuk Town Council have petitioned the Resident District Commissioner, Milton Odongo protesting the escape of suspects from police cells on Sunday night. 

The six suspects escaped from Nabilatuk Central Police Station after breaking the door to the disappointment of the community.  The suspects were facing various charges include among others rape, defilement, raiding, cattle theft and assault. The suspects are still at large. 

In their two-page petition, the Village chairpersons warned that if the police and army do not stop releasing suspects from their custody, the community will resort to killing the well-known criminals before they become a danger to the community.

John Bosco Alinga, the LC 1 Chairperson of Kampswahili Cell in Nabilatuk Town Council, who handed over the petition to the RDC on behalf of over 100 LC 1 Chairpersons, said they acted based on community concern.  

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The LCs also demanded that police and the army should arrest armed warriors who are drinking openly while carrying guns in public. The petition listed the names, villages and Sub Counties where the armed warriors operate freely. 

Milton Odongo, the Nabilatuk Resident District Commissioner directed the District Police Commander, Gideon Byomuhangi to hunt down the escapees and the implicated criminals.  

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Byomuhangi, who was tasked to account for the suspects before a community peace meeting, said that he had led a team of security officers to the home of one of the suspects facing charges of illegal possession of a firearm.

 

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The DPC says the officer, who was on guard during the escape of the suspects has been reprimanded. He asked the community to collaborate with police in re-arresting the suspects who will also face additional charges of escaping from lawful custody.

Police disallowed journalists from taking photos of the cell broken by the suspects. Our reporter observed that the cell is an old building with a rusty metallic door. The cell seats about 150 meters from the barracks.   

On the eastern side, just about 20 meters away, are more houses for senior police officers. The locals told URN that this is not the first time suspects have broken from this cell. Last month, armed warriors broke into the same cells in order to release their accomplice who had been arrested and detained. 

The raider believed to be from Moroto district, Rupa Sub County remains at large.

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