A suspected Congolese Rebel leader who escaped from Aruu’ prison
in the Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC has been handed over to the Congolese
Justin Olea 25 years escaped from prison after he was arrested for
allegedly leading a rebel group in Eastern DRC and stealing US Dollars 55,000
from a petrol station, a month ago.
The Congolese security and their Ugandan counterpart launched a search
for him until he was found hiding in one of the hotels in Arua City.
The security personnel in Arua later liaised with their Congolese
counterparts and on Tuesday, he was handed over to the Congolese authorities at
the Uganda-DR Congo border in Vurra Custom.
Arua Resident District Commissioner Festus Ayikobua who led the
Uganda delegation appealed for cooperation between the two neighbours regarding
security. Ayikobua urged the authorities in DRC to ensure the victims of his
actions are given justice.
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Speaking in Lingala, the Congolese team leader Major Jean Bwana
Pierre commended Ugandan authorities and expressed gratitude for the cooperation
between the two countries, which led to the arrest of the suspect. Major Bwana
pledged full collaboration with Ugandan authorities for future engagements.
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Cornelius Aluma, the DRC government spokesperson for Aruu’
Province says the two countries will continue to support the Ngorodoto
Agreement. The agreement signed between President Yoweri Museveni and the
former DRC President Joseph Kabila is aimed at establishing peace and security
in both countries and normalizing their relations and strengthening their cooperation.
“Our good relationship should go on so that our people can
continue to enjoy the fruits of the bilateral cooperation we have signed,” said
Cornelius. Following a series of criminal activities that disrupted activities
between West Nile and DR Congo Aruu’ province, in March this year, the leaders
have re-committed themselves to working together to curb wrongdoings.