Police officer arrested in Lira for trying to sell gun at Shs 2m

The officer was trying to sell the gun at Shs 2m. Internet photo

The officer was trying to sell the gun at Shs 2m. Internet photo

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.

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