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Puranga Residents Live in Fear After Two Robbery Attempts

According to Oringa, he has severally called for the opening of a second police outpost in Ogonyo village in Apwor parish where the sub-county headquarters are found but his pleas haven’t yielded results.
13 Dec 2020 17:45

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Residents of Puranga Sub County in Pader district are living in fear for their lives and property following two botched robbery attempts on Thursday.

The sub-county LC III Chairperson, Bosco Oringa told our reporter during an interview on Saturday that residents feel insecure because there is a single police outpost at Puranga trading Center, serving the 10 parishes in the sub-county.  

“The police outpost at Puranga trading Centre has only two police officers who are not enough to provide security to the sub-county that borders Lira district. Some of the residents have resorted to leaving their homes and sleep in the bush so that the robbers cannot find them at home,” explains Oringa.      

According to Oringa, he has severally called for the opening of a second police outpost in Ogonyo village in Apwor parish where the sub-county headquarters are found but his pleas haven’t yielded results.

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According to Oringa, there were attempted armed robberies Puranga Sub County. He says that the first attempt was made on the treasurer on a village saving and loan scheme who escaped narrowly.

He, however, says the robbers managed to make away with Shillings one million from the second survivor identified as John Babia.

“The robber who was dressed in a hooded white jumper came to my shop at around 10:00 PM on Wednesday night. I thought he was a customer until he pulled out a gun, fired live bullets up to four times on the roof and repeatedly asked me to hand over money from my shop,” narrated Babia.

The Aswa Region Police spokesperson, Jimmy Patrick Okema, says they have arrested two suspects in connection to the robbery. The suspects are 28-year- old Peter Apora, a UPDF soldier attached to Deme mechanical department, Magamaga Barracks in Mayuge district and 26-year-old Thomas Okello, a resident of Abalokodi village of Laminajiko parish in Puranga Sub County. 

However, Okema says they are yet to recover the firearms used in the robbery. He says the suspects are being held at Pader central police station on charges of aggravated robbery.