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Security Hunts Down Criminal Gangs in Amuru District

The criminals six of whom have already been arrested have been waylaying and raping women. They also have robbed trailers en-route to South Sudan, burnt huts of residents and killed one person in January.
11 Feb 2021 12:45
Amuru RDC Geoffrey Oceng Osborn - Photo by Dominic Ochola

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Security personnel in Amuru District are hunting down members of youth criminal gangs terrorizing residents in the area.

For the last three months, the gang groups code-named; Mapari Meni and Abut Squad gangs have been terrorizing residents and causing fear.

The suspects, six of whom have already been arrested have been waylaying and raping women.

They also have robbed trailers en-route to South Sudan, burnt huts of residents and killed one person in January.

Francis Olanya, a businessman at Olwal Trading Centre in Lamogi Sub-County, a victim of the group, says that they burnt down his huts before the general elections in an attempt rob of him.

Alex Okwera, another resident revealed that the group robbed him of his motorcycle and beat him around the Guruguru Road Junction in December at night.

Emmanuel Bwambale, the District Police Commander confirmed the presence of the criminal gangs who are drug addicts. The gang is a replica of the B-13 group that first terrorized residents in neighbouring Gulu City; Kitgum Municipality and Lamwo Districts in 2018. 

Amuru Resident District Commissioner, Geoffrey Oceng Osborn, also the Chairperson District Security Committee says the groups operate in urban centers of Lamogi, Amuru and Guruguru sub-counties.

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Oceng says that on Wednesday six of the perpetrators have already been arrested and 20 others whose names have been submitted to security by residents and leaders are still at large.

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The local leaders and security officials have today called for an emergency security meeting to chat a way forward to put an end to the activities of the gangs.



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