Patrick Okello, the Head teacher Tekibur Primary School told URN on Sunday that they were shocked to discover last week that the lightning arrester installed on the building housing the primary one, two, three and four classes was missing. He says another lightning arrester installed on the staffroom was also vandalized.
Unknown thugs have made
away with three lightning arresters from two schools in Amuru district. The affected are Keyo and Tekibur Primary
Schools, both in Lamogi Sub County in Kilak South Constituency.
Patrick Okello, the Head teacher Tekibur Primary
School told URN on Sunday that they were shocked to discover last week that the
lightning arrester installed on the building housing the primary one, two, three
and four classes was missing. He says another lightning arrester installed on
the staffroom was also vandalized.
He says they reported a case of theft to Awer police post for investigations. The
school watchman identified as Juma Saidi recorded a statement and was released
Keyo Primary School two lightning arresters were
also stolen from last week.
Michael Lakony, the Amuru district chairperson, says a case
was reported to Awer police post under SD Ref: 07/22/09/2019. Lakony says
the theft of the lightning arresters from the two schools has raised fear about
the safety of the pupils.
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He says the district has asked police to expedite
investigation and apprehend those behind the theft.
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to Lakony, they spent Shillings 700,000 to
install each lightning arrester to protect the lives of leaners from lightning
Gilbert Olanya, the Kilak South Member of Parliament told URN
on Sunday that it is unfortunate for thugs to expose the lives of learners at
Olanya has called for vigilance from community members to guarantee
security for school property.
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Similar cases were recorded in Omoro district last month
where unknown people stole one lightning arrester from Koch Ongako Primary School,
two from Kweyo Primary school and four from Lamintoo Primary School.
The Northern Uganda Media Club (NUMEC) office in Gulu was
also targeted. Gulu Central Police Station is investigating the theft vide SD Ref:
46/23/09/2019. Charles Akena, the NUMEC Administrator told URN
that the unknown persons dismantled their lightning arrester and vanished with
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John Bosco Nyangkol, the Officer in-charge of Gulu Central
Police Station told URN that there is reportedly an organized group of people
stealing lightning arresters for unidentified reason.
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