A police officer and a civilian have been arrested in Lira district in possession of an illegal firearm they were trying to sell.
Emmanuel Onyanga, a PPC no_71630 attached to Bugweri police station, and Isaac Ocaka, a peasant of Teduka cell, Aduku town council in Kwania district were arrested following a tip-off by a concerned local.
Patrick Jimmy Okema, the North Kyoga police spokesperson confirmed the development saying the suspects are under their custody.
“Yesterday at around 4 pm police of North Kyoga got a tip-off from a concerned citizen that someone wanted to sell a gun at Shs 2 million. A follow-up was made within Lira city as per the intelligence sent on ground and two suspects were apprehended along Juba road in a room,” said Okema.
The pump shotgun No. UG Pol1040758 with 10 rubber bullets and 3 rounds of ammunition for an AK-47 rifle were recovered from the scene.
The duo is charged with unlawful possession of firearm and ammunition under SD ref 67/2/6/2021 and are being held at Lira central police station.
Last month, a security team under the leadership of Lira resident district commissioner (RDC) Lawrence Egole arrested a man in possession of an illegal gun which he was hiring out to other criminals for Shs 500,000.
The particular gun was recovered from Amugo sub-county in Alebtong district after a foiled robbery. In the last four months, security has recovered a total of 6 guns in Lira district.