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Residents Demand Reinstatement of Police at Okidi Post

Two weeks ago, the Kitgum security committee closed down the police post citing limited manpower.
A Police officers manns the boundary between Amuru and Adjumani districts on November 19 2017. residents in Labongo Amida Subcounty, Kitgum district are demanding redeployment of police at Okidi Police Post.By Julius Ocungi
Residents of Labongo Amida Sub-county in Kitgum District have called for the reinstatement of security personnel at Okidi Police Post.

Two weeks ago, the Kitgum security committee closed down the police post citing limited manpower.

But residents in the area says closure of the police post has seen crime rates increase in the past days leaving lives of people and properties at risk.

Richard Okello, a resident of Okidi Parish in Labongo Amida Sub County says so far two people have been attacked and left with grave injuries within the area by unknown thugs.

The victims are Philip Ocan 18, a resident of Lamola parish in Omuny bul village was stabbed in the neck two days ago by a suspected goat thief and unidentified woman who was attacked on Tuesday at Chai market in Okidi Parish.

Okello says they are scared that criminals will now take advantage of the absence of police officers to wage attacks at ease minus being apprehended.

He called on the intervention of the district security team to redeploy police officers or soldiers to man security of the area.

Wilson Nyeko, the Labongo Amida Sub-county LC3 Chairperson acknowledged to URN in an interview this afternoon that crimes are increasing because of the absence of police post.

He also revealed that few days ago, a Boda Boda rider, was clobbered by thugs who later made off with his motorcycle. Nyeko says the victim is still nursing injuries inflicted on him at Kitgum General Hospital.

Nyeko says the decision to close down the police post was unwise considering the fact that for years the police post has helped to reduce crime rates in the area.

He adds that the locals are now planning to petition the office of the Resident District Commissioner to intervene in the matter.

William Komakech, the Kitgum Resident District Commissioner says the district currently doesn’t have the capacity to redeploy at Okidi Police Post because police haven’t made any recruitment or received additional personnel.

Komakech notes that he will look into concerns raised by the residents and their leaders to find out how they can be helped. He also promised to liaise with the police to investigate cases of attacks by unknown thugs in the area.

Currently, locals have to travel about 11 and 16 kilometres to report cases to police or wait for reinforcement of police officers from Labongo Amida Sub-County Police post and Kitgum Central Police station.