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7 Businessmen Arrested in Abim For Defying Curfew

The businessmen - all from Teeso Sub region were in a FUSO lorry registration number UBA 279L when they were arrested in Alerek in Abim district after refusing to stop at two road blocks before they were finally intercepted.

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Seven business people have been arrested in Abim district for allegedly defying the curfew.

The group was arrested on Tuesday night during an operation led by the Abim Resident District Commissioner, Samuel Mpimbaza Hashaka.

The businessmen, all from Teso Sub region were in a FUSO lorry registration number UBA 279L when they were arrested in Alerek in Abim district after refusing to stop at two road blocks before they were finally intercepted.

The suspects have been identified as; Stephen Akol, the driver with a forged driving permit, Moses Ogwang, Joseph Ekulu, Richard Epieu all from Obalanga, Kapelebyiong district. Others are; James Okure and James Osege, both of Amen B village in Soroti Municipality.

Four of the suspects had allegedly hiding in the bundles of grass loaded on the FUSO truck that was heading to Kotido district at around 10:00 PM.

Hashaka said four men were hiding under the grass in the truck.

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According to the RDC, the men who claim to be businessmen could be the ones behind cattle thefts in Karamoja. He explained that cattle raids have been commercialized by scrupulous business people who load stolen cattle at night and take them to slaughter houses.

Hashaka said the men attempted to bribe him and the OC Abim Police station in order to be released.

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The Kipepo Regional Police Commander, Steven Onencan confirmed the arrest of the suspects saying that he has ordered the police to have the suspects arraigned in court on charges of disobeying lawful orders.

 

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