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Two Police Officers Arrested For Illegal Charcoal Deals

Geoffrey Oceng Osborn, the Amuru Deputy Resident District Commissioner, says they received complaints from Oloyotong and Omer 1 trading centers in Amuru Sub County indicating that police officers often stage roadblocks in the area where they extort money for illegal charcoal dealers.

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Two police officers in Amuru district are in trouble for fueling illegal charcoal trade. The suspects were picked up over the weekend following a public outcry.   

Geoffrey Oceng Osborn, the Amuru Deputy Resident District Commissioner, says they received complaints from Oloyotong and Omer 1 trading centers in Amuru Sub County indicating that police officers often stage roadblocks in the area where they extort money illegal charcoal traders.  

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According to Oceng, the officers, whose identities have been withheld, are being investigated by the Professional Standards Unit.

Michael Lakony, the Amuru District LC V chairperson, says the district has lost millions of Shillings to illegal operations by some security personnel as far as enforcement of the ban on charcoal business in the district is concerned.  

He wants thorough investigations of some officers in the office of the RDC and police to eliminate wrong elements violating the ban on the charcoal business. 

On September 8, police officers under the Environment Protection Unit were arrested for illegal charcoal dealing in Amuru district. Amuru district passed an ordinance stopping charcoal burning so as to protect native tree species that are on the verge of extinction.

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