The trio were arrested on Tuesday evening on orders of the Otuke Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Robert Abak following complaints by residents that they beat them up even from their homes while enforcing the COVID-19 curfew.
police officers in Otuke district have been arrested for alleged
torture and extortion while enforcing the presidential directives
to stop the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The officers arrested on Tuesday include; Julius Ocen, the Officer In-charge of
Ogete Sub County Police Station, Detective Constable Patrick Ameny and
Constable Boniface Owiny.
Otuke Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Robert Abak ordered for the arrest of the three officers following
complaints by residents that they beat them up even from their homes while enforcing the COVID-19 curfew.
Abak told URN in an interview on Wednesday that while
enforcing the Presidential directive on curfew, the officers entered into
people`s houses and also extorted unspecified amount of money from businessmen
that had gone beyond the curfew time.
The three are being detained at Otuke Central Police
Station on charges of extortion and torture vide CRB 69/2020.
The arrest comes at a time when eleven police officers
and six soldiers were arrested for torturing residents of Elegu Town Council in
Amuru district while enforcing the presidential directives against COVID-19.
The police officers have been remanded to Gulu Main
Prisons, while the soldiers were handed over six months jail term by the army court
Fourth Division Army Commander, Brigadier General
Bonny Bamwiseki has repeatedly urged security under his docket to engage people
rather than brutalizing them while enforcing the directives.
Emmy Daniel Ojara is a young journalist and has been practicing since 2013, during which he covered land rights violation in the contested Apaa and Lakang in Amuru as his first take ups while at Gulu Fm, Favor Fm and later Paidha Fm and Speak Fm where he is still attached.
Human rights abuses and denied access to land by security and government agencies has been the major aftermath of the contest over the lands. The underprivileged such as women, children and the elderly faced challenges in accessing soc