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Residents Demand Release of LC I Chairperson

Residents say Okello is part of the group opposed to the proposed acquisition of land by Cuanza Limited. Ajok village is part of the over 12.8 square miles of land, which Cuanza Limited wants to acquire for the proposed construction of the multi-billion Nile City in Atoro Parish.
Benson Oruk speaking during a community meeting in Atoro

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Residents of Ajok village in Lakang Sub County in Amuru District have called for the unconditional release of their LC I chairperson, Patrick Okello Ajulu.  Okello has reportedly spent about two weeks in custody at Amuru Central Police station following his arrest for unclear reasons.  

Residents say Okello is part of the group opposed to the proposed acquisition of land by Cuanza Limited. Ajok village is part of the over 12.8 square miles of land, which Cuanza Limited wants to acquire for the proposed construction of the multi-billion Nile City in Atoro Parish. 

Bosco Opiyo, the Ajok Village Secretary, says that his boss was arrested in a violent manner with police firing guns shots to scare residents. He says that in the aftermath of Okello’s arrest, a group of youths calling themselves "Panga Squad" started terrorizing the community through attacks.

According to Opio, the community has never understood why Okello was arrested and hasn't been produced before the court. Benson Oruk, a resident of Atoro landing side trading center wonders why Okello was arrested at night if his arrest was not driven by ill intentions. 

Joyce Aol, the Atoro Parish LC III councilor, says the gap created by the continuous detention of Okello is affecting their mobilization and sensitization on planned government activities.

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Anthony Oringa, the LC III Chairperson of Lakang Sub County, says that Okello was arrested without any arrest warrant and without his knowledge. Oringa accuses the GISO of Lakang Sub County David Omony of being behind the arrest, an allegation Omony denies.

Augustine Mudo, the Amuru Deputy Resident District Commissioner, says that they are going to investigate the circumstances, under which Okello was arrested and why he hasn't been produced to court if the arrest was legal. He, however, says that Okello was mentioned in a previous case of inciting violence in the area which saw 1 house torched and others destroyed leaving over 20 households homeless. 

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