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Warriors Resort to Abductions

John Chilla, the Nakapelimoru Sub County LC III Chairperson, says suspected warriors abducted an elderly woman and a teenager last week from a settlement Camp. He says the warriors killed the teenager in the thicket while the old woman sustained fractures resulting from torture by the warriors.

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Warriors in Kotido district have resorted to abductions so as to compel residents to provide them information on the location of unprotected kraals. Most kraals in the region are protected by Local Defense Unit Personnel and herdsmen for fear of possible raids.  

However, local leaders in Kotido say the raiders have resorted abducting women and children to acquire information about the presence of livestock in their area. The warriors also get directions from their victims regarding security deployments in the area.

John Chilla, the Nakapelimoru Sub County LC III Chairperson, says suspected warriors abducted an elderly woman and a teenager last week from a settlement Camp. He says the warriors killed the teenager in the thicket while the old woman sustained fractures resulting from torture by the warriors.  

He says the warriors also abducted 62-year-old Regina Lokwi, a resident of Longerep village Watakau Parish on Friday afternoon while harvesting millet from a green belt at Kalomuge Settlement camp. Chilla said a search led by the UPDF and the community discovered two bodies but the third person is still missing.  

On Friday, another woman was reportedly kidnapped from Kangolemuge Settlement Camp in the rural East of Nakapelimoru Sub County. Chilla says a joint search by the UPDF and residents hasn’t yielded results.    

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Kotido resident District Commissioner, Peter Logiro confirmed only one incident of abduction. He explained that the case involved a woman who was harvesting millet at Kangolemuge, who he says, was set free unharmed on Saturday morning.

 

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He also noted that on Friday night they registered a raid around Kangolemuge areas, which he suspects is connected to the abductors. Abductions by the warriors are not new. 

In 2019, suspected Turkana warriors abducted a 12-year-old boy and resident of Kanawat from the grazing fields and killed him in a ritual murder. His body was cut into two halves perpendicularly. 

Last year, Abim district also recorded 3 abductions by suspected warriors with two victims still missing. Abduction is a capital offence publishable by a life sentence upon conviction.  

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