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A source at Arua Chief Magistrate’s court told URN that the suspects used a master key to open the gate to the cells around 11:00am and escaped. Three other suspects remained in the cells yelling, which attracted the attention of court officials.
Police officer standing at the open door which the suspects opened and escaped through at Arua Court.

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There was drama at Arua court premises on Tuesday when 15 suspects broken out of the holding cells and escaped to freedom. The suspects are members of the notorious Brazil Gangsters in Club Cell River Oli in Arua Central Division.

They were arrested over the weekend after dropping letters threatening to attack local council leaders for reporting them to security and were scheduled to appear in court on a string of charges including threatening violence, robbery and theft among other when they broke out of their holding cells.

A source at Arua Chief Magistrate’s court told URN that the suspects used a master key to open the gate to the cells around 11:00am and escaped. Three other suspects remained in the cells yelling, which attracted the attention of court officials.  

“There was only one police officer at the main gate here ad down there where the suspects were kept its normally guarded by the prison warders who were not there because of covid19 lock down,” said one of the male guards at the main gate.  

According to the guard, the suspects fled the court premises through the unguarded southern ends. URN captured some of the conversation from the people who witnessed the escape of the suspects.    

//Cue in: “I think the best.…

   

Cue out:….some will die…. //

 

The three suspects who remained in the cells told URN that the escapees used an improvised master key to open the gate.  

 

//Cue in: “Because we were.…     

Cue out:..something is happening,”// 

 

The West Nile Region Police Spokesperson, Josephine Angucia declined to comment on the incident, saying it happened outside police jurisdiction.

She however, says police would track the suspects since their homes and villages are known. 

“For us police we did our part and it’s now court to handle this otherwise, this could be interference on the side of the court,” said Angucia. The remaining suspects were returned to Arua Central Police Station.