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Pastor, Two Others Arrested with Owl Eggs in Gulu

Simplicious Gessa, the Communication Officer of Uganda Wildlife Authority –UWA told URN that the trio was arrested from Gulu by UWA personnel who had earlier tracked their email communication with prospective buyers of the eggs in the United States of America.
The trio in police detention
A Gulu-based pastor has been arrested alongside two others for being in possession of owl eggs.

Nelson Ocira, a pastor with New Life Christian Centre, in Forest Ward, Pece –Laroo Division was arrested on Thursday alongside Agnes Achora, a health worker at Parabongo Health Center II and Sarah Lamony Oyella, a resident of Kirombe Customs Corner in Bardege –Layibi Division.

Simplicious Gessa, the Communication Officer of Uganda Wildlife Authority –UWA told URN that the trio was arrested from Gulu by UWA personnel who had earlier tracked their email communication with prospective buyers of the eggs in the United States of America.

According to Gessa, Ocira confessed to having authored the email in search of the market for the owl eggs which were given to him by Achora. Gessa adds that Achora revealed to the officers who intercepted them that she got the eggs from an owl’s nest she found in her house. T

Grace Pande, the Gulu OC CID confirmed the arrest of the trio saying they have been transferred to the CID headquarters in Kampala. He says they are likely to be charged with being in possession of wildlife products.

Although there is a widely held belief is that owls bring bad omen in African societies, the same is seen as beloved, wise creatures among communities in the west. There are also people who believe that owl eggs can be used to cure cancer and HIV and also often sought after for use in witchcraft and traditional medicine.