According to Josephine Angucia, the West Nile Region Police Spokesperson, the operation stemmed from numerous reports by the community about the widespread growth of plant marijuana in Katrini Sub-county.
Peter Arubaku Bosses, the councilor representing Uriama sub county to Terego district council says an estimated 70 acres of cassava, rice and passion fruit gardens have so far been destroyed in the sub-county by animals belonging to the herdsmen.
For decades, refugees ,locals and humanitarian agencies in the area have been crossing through the river to access services like markets, health facilities, schools and deliver humanitarian aid across since it lacked a bridge.
Jesica Lekuru, a resident of Embiopi village, Maraju Parish in Uriama sub county says, she has been surviving on handouts from well-wishers for food, and other basic needs since she gave birth at home nearly three months ago.
According to the residents, the soldiers were deployed in the area on Friday last week under unclear circumstances, causing anxiety among the locals. Hakim Alua, a resident of Ocea says they are living in fear since their areas are being patrolled by soldiers whose mission is unknown. He further noted that the soldiers have arrested several youths on unclear charges.