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Security in Agago recoveries 26 stolen cattle

Karimojong pastoralists with their animals at Nadunget cattle market in Moroto district on Monday.

Agago, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  Twenty-six cattle raided by suspected Karamojong rustlers have been recovered by Local Defense Unit-LDU and local leaders in Agago district. 

The cows were recovered on Tuesday night during a manhunt for the suspected rustlers following their raid in Biwaga Parish in Lira-Kato Sub County on Monday night.

Leonard Opio Ojok, the Agago District LC V Chairperson told URN this morning that security traced the footmarks of the suspected rustlers forcing them to abandon the cattle and flee for dear life. 

He says the security team managed to arrest seven youth including Acholi and Karamojong natives as prime suspects in the theft.   

The suspects are in custody at Patongo Police Station. Security has withheld the identities of the suspects for fear of jeopardizing their investigations.   

Charles Omona, one of the community members who took part in the operation said that cattle rustlers have been a cause of unrest in the area and caused sleepless nights among cattle keepers.

Yunus Sedirumbi, the Officer In-charge of Patongo Police Station, said that he was yet to receive a report about the recovered cattle. Agago District lies astride Abim and Kotido districts. 

According to the police annual crime report for 2020 released last week, 1,768 heads of cattle were rustled and 617 were recovered.

The report further indicates that 19 people were killed during the rustling while 15 sustained serious injuries.

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