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Longoli admitted to coordinating attacks in Karenga, Kotido, and Kaabong districts and disclosed sharing the gun with colleagues who are still at large, all from Kaabong district.
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A notorious Karamojong warrior, known for terrorizing North Karamoja, surrendered his illegal firearm to security forces in Karenga district on Wednesday. Paul Longoli, a resident of Lolelia village in Kaabong district, had long been feared among the most notorious warriors causing unrest in North Karamoja.  

Longoli admitted to coordinating attacks in Karenga, Kotido, and Kaabong districts and disclosed sharing the gun with colleagues who are still at large, all from Kaabong district. He revealed the challenges of living in the wilderness, cut off from his family due to pressure from security forces. 

‘’I could not contain the pressure anymore and that is why I had to surrender my gun so that I can now live a peaceful life and also benefit from government programs,’’ Longoli narrated. Maj Gen Don Nabasa, the UPDF 3rd Division Commander, commended Longoli for responding positively to the President's call for amnesty. 

Nabasa urged others still in hiding to follow Longoli's example and surrender their firearms, assuring them they wouldn't face prosecution upon surrender. Nabasa acknowledged the military's prolonged pursuit of Longoli and his associate Isa Apalomal, still in hiding, expressing hope that Longoli's surrender would encourage others to return home. 

He assured Longoli of his freedom and eligibility for government programs targeting the Karacunas. ‘’The surrender of Longoli also restores hope among the residents of Karenga who had witnessed a surge in attacks on both locals and security personnel between October and November,’’ Nabasa said. 

Despite the district security committee's two-week ultimatum for armed warriors to surrender firearms during November, no guns were surrendered. This lack of compliance led to intensified security operations against these criminals due to the worsening security situation.