An LC I Chairperson in Palenga Town Council told URN on condition of anonymity for fear of his life that the gang members have now shifted to Palenga town council. He says the gangsters move to Gulu town at night to wreak havoc and retire to Palenga at dawn.
The notorious B13 criminal gang has relocated
to Palenga Town Council in Omoro District because of heightened security in
The gang members have been breaking into houses,
snatching hand bags and phones as well as assaulting people at night in Gulu
town for months.
An LC I Chairperson in Palenga
Town Council told URN on condition of anonymity for fear of his life that the
gang members have now shifted to Palenga town council.
He says the gangsters
move to Gulu town at night to wreak havoc and retire to Palenga at dawn.
He says the gang members are
involved in the theft of livestock and food items from the local community in
Palenga, which has triggered panic among residents.
According to the
chairperson, the gangsters have taken advantage of the absence of a police post
in Palenga town council to hide in the area.
Lawrence Ocen, the LC1 Chairperson Kweyo B Sub
–Ward in Palenga town council, says the gang members shifted to Palenga town
council in June after being smoked out by security in Gulu town.
He says local
leaders have reported the matter to Omoro district security officials but
nothing has been done.
Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa River Region
Police Spokesperson told URN that they intend to carry operations in Palenga
town council to get rid of the gangsters.
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Okema revealed that intelligence reports show that the gangsters
rent cheap rooms in the Palenga town council where they live in groups of 8 to
15 in a room.
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Okema says that although no arrests have yet
been made, the local community should continue sharing information with police
to stem crime rates in their areas.
Over 65 suspected thugs were arrested in Gulu district
between June and July this year. They were arraigned in court, which remanded
them to Gulu Central Prison on charges of threatening violence and conspiracy
to commit felony.