LIRA – Police in Lira District are holding five people who were allegedly found staging illegal road blocks while putting on military and police uniform.
According to North Kyoga regional police spokesperson Michael Odongo,
the group had staged illegal roadblocks in Central Division, Te-kulu and Jinja camp in Ojwina Division, Lira Municipality where they robbed from many residents.
“On Wednesday, we arrested two and on Thursday night, we arrested three, including a UPDF officer,” he said at the weekend.
“They are carrying out a parallel patrol to that of the real security. They wait when the army and police pass and use the opportunity to move to people’s houses and rob them,” he added.
Mr Odongo said that the suspects who are now detained at Lira Central Police Station also include a retired army officer.
He said they will appear in court on Monday.
President Museveni on March 31 announced a 14-day curfew that aims at containing further spread of coronavirus.
However, many people have been taking advantage of the lockdown and curfew to rob.
Security agencies on Thursday, April 2, 20 arrested a civilian who was wearing army uniform in order to beat the ongoing lockdown over coronavirus.
Michael Agaba, 35, a resident of Rutete Kelesia zone, Nangabo Subcounty, Kyadondo East in Wakiso District, was putting on an army green uniform meant for LDUs with stripes at the rank of captain.
He was found driving a car registration No UBF- 472 F. Another more one shirt was hanged on the hind seat. Agaba was intercepted at a checkpoint erected at Spear Motors at Nakawa.