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Two Arrested For Vandalising Solar Panels At Gen Lokech’s Residence

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A Police Officer told URN on condition of anonymity because he isn’t authorised to speak to the media that the soldier managed to arrest one of the thugs after firing two warning shots.
Gen Paul Lokech, the Ugandan special military envoy to South Sudan [left] during a function in kitgum district last year. photo by julius ocungi
Two suspected thugs are in trouble for attempting to steal solar panels at the residence of Maj. Gen Paul Lokech, Uganda’s Special Military Envoy to South Sudan. 

The two are said to have broken into Gen Lokech’s guarded home in Paipii village, Lunna parish in Pader town Council in Pader district around 1:30 am Monday morning and vandalized one of the solar panels in the compound. A soldier guarding the general’s home intervened to find out why the lights had gone off but interfaced with one of the thugs who attempted to flee away.

A police officer told URN on condition of anonymity because he isn’t authorised to speak to the media that the soldier managed to arrest one of the thugs after firing two warning shots. “When the guard realised that the lights in the compound had suddenly gone off he hurriedly went to check what could have happened and found someone fleeing. He fired two warning shots in the air and the suspect knelt down and surrendered,” he said.  

Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson, Jimmy Patrick Okema confirmed arrest of the suspects saying on of them has been identified as Benson Komakech, a resident of Agago district. He explained that during interrogations the suspects said they had come in a group of four and with two guns, which they alleged got from a police post in Agago District.  

  The other implicated suspects are Ojok Paibulo, Pius Okidi, Obok Achan and Ramson Obwola, all from Agago district. Okema noted that one of the implicated suspects he identified as Obwola was later traced, arrested and locked up. Komakech, who was caught at Gen Lokech’s residence, is admitted at Pader Health Centre III under police protection after reportedly being tortured. 

According to Okema, a team of detectives from Pader are in Agago district for inquiries. A case of criminal trespass has been registered at Pader Central Police Station vide CRB 177/2020