LAMWO – A gun that was stolen from Agoro Police Post in Lamwo district has been recovered in another robbery attempt in Kitgum district as cases of armed robbery continue to rise in northern Uganda.
The raid on the Agoro police post last Monday had seen four submachine guns taken in bizarre circumstances.
But Aswa River Region Police spokesperson Jimmy Patrick Okema said the following day, one of the guns was recovered from East Ward A in Kitgum Municipality from a thug as attempted to rob undisclosed amount of cash from a bar.
“The suspect went to the bar at 2:15 am Wednesday morning, he attempted to rob money from a cashier, he was overpowered and his gun taken away, he, however, managed to flee away from the scene minus being arrested,” Mr Okema disclosed the gun number as UG-POL-565901955330643 belonging to Agoro Police post.
He said the gun is being kept at Kitgum Central Police station pending further investigation.
Mr Okema said five people have so far been arrested to aid in the investigation leading to the loss of the guns.
The suspects were identified as Corporal Yeresu Mundura, the officer-in-charge of the Police Post, Police-constable Evelyn Aguminaitwe, Police constable, Zakaria Muya and his wife Janet Aol and Ericson
Ojok, a former crime preventer in Agoro sub-county.
“We want people to be cautious and report to police of suspicious individuals, the guns are out there and we have seen that through recovery of one of the guns,” Mr Okema said.
The Lamwo Resident District Commissioner Mr Jonathan Rutabingwa said the suspects are being detained at Bana Bana military detach in Madi-Opei Sub-county for interrogation
“The search for these guns is still ongoing, security has been beefed in Agoro Sub-county to guarantee the safety of the locals since they are unsure of the people who stole the guns whether they have ill motive,” Mr Rutabingwa said.
In May last year, a gunman attacked and injured a female police officer at Okidi Police Post in Amida Sub-county, Kitgum district before looting an Ak47 gun loaded with 30 rounds of live ammunition.