Gulu City has dozens of hotspot areas across the 128 villages in Pece – Laroo and Bardege - Layibi Divisions that include Go-Down, Industrial Area, Kasubi, For God, Kirombe in Kabedopong, St. Mauritz Trading Centre, Unyama, Cuk Pa Atuku and Cenyjere are hideouts for the wrongdoers.
Local council leaders in Gulu have petitioned the
Resident City Commissioner – RCC over mushrooming criminal gangs masterminding insecurity
in the city suburbs.
Following the closure of education institutions due
to the extended lockdown imposed by the Government to contain the second wave
of the COVID-19 pandemic, idle and unemployed youths have resorted to theft,
rape and burglary among others for survival.
There are dozens of hotspots in Gulu city across 128 villages
in Pece – Laroo and Bardege - Layibi Divisions. These include Go-Down,
Industrial Area, Kasubi, For God, Kirombe in Kabedopong, St. Mauritz Trading
Centre, Unyama, Cuk Pa Atuku and Cenyjere, which are hideouts for the
Walter Nyero Atekilwak, the LC 1 Chairperson of
Bwobo village, says that due to the intolerable criminal behaviour of his own
son and his accomplices, he sought police intervention to arrest them to face
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Jimmy Ocitti, the Pece-Lukung Village LC 1
Chairperson, says that the threats from the criminal youth gangs in the area
are intensifying. He says that local leaders who report the criminals to police
have become soft targets for deadly reprisal attacks.
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Florence Angee, the Agwee village LC 1 Chairperson
in Laroo-Pece Division explained that her area has several errant youths who
can no longer be restrained or disciplined by their parents and thus require
the long arm of the law to deal with them.
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Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson, David Ongom
Mudong said they arrested 147 suspected criminals including five commercial sex
workers during their nightlong security clampdown on November 5th,
2021 during a joint intelligence-led security operation backed by the military.
He explains that a daylong screening exercise involving local
leaders, they released 81 suspects and detained 66 of them. He says that their
files are now before the Resident State Attorney for legal advice.
Resident City Commissioner, Denis Odongpiny, who also doubles as the City
Security Committee Chairperson confirmed to URN that Local Council leaders
including concerned residents have implored his office to enhance regular night
patrols to rid the area of bad elements.
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The-criminal gang members hide in dark spots to
smoke opium, waylay their victims and snatch their valuables such as handbags
and phones. They vanish with their loot to the Central Forest Reserve near Gulu