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Police officer, civilian arrested orchestrating gun sale

North Kyoga Police spokesperson Patrick Jimmy Okema confirmed the arrest. File Photo

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | A police officer and a civilian have been arrested in Lira district in possession of an illegal firearm they were trying to sell.

Emmanuel Onyanga, a PPC no_71630 attached to Bugweri police station and Isaac Ocaka, 30-years old, a peasant of Teduka cell, Aduku town council in Kwania district were arrested following a tip off by a concerned local.

Patrick Jimmy Okema, the North Kyoga Police spokesperson confirmed the development saying the suspects are under their custody.

“Yesterday at around 4pm, police of North Kyoga got a tip off from a concerned citizen that someone wanted to sell a gun at 2 million shillings. A follow up was made within Lira City as per the intelligence sent on ground and two suspects were apprehended along Juba road in a room.”

The pump short gun No UG Pol1040758 with 10 rubber bullets and 3 rounds of ammunition for an AK47 riffle were recovered from the scene.

The duo is charged with unlawful possession of firearm and ammunition under SD ref 67/2/6/2021 and are being held at Lira central police station.

Last month, a security team under the leadership of Lawrence Egole, the Lira City Resident Commissioner arrested a man in possession of an illegal gun which he was hiring out to other criminals for 500,000. The particular gun was recovered from Amugo sub county in Alebtong district after a foiled robbery.

In the last four months, security has recovered a total of 6 guns in Lira district.



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