UPDF Deserter Arrested for Intimidating Residents With Two Guns

A soldier who deserted the Uganda People’s Defence Forces has been arrested with two guns hidden in the roof of his house.

Sam Opio, who deserted the UPDF’s 31st battalion in 2018, was arrested on Tuesday by police after a tip off by a resident who allegedly saw Opio terrorizing locals using the two guns in Ayat village, Nambyeso Sub County in Kwania district.

He was arrested alongside Nelson Atine, and Nicolas Aryong, both residents of the same area.

After interrogation, Atine led police to where the two rifles were recovered hidden inside his grass thatched house.

Jimmy Patrick Okema, the North Kyoga Police Spokesperson, explained that the suspects will be charged with illegal possession of firearms upon completion of investigations.

The two rifles No; 0772103 8mm with one round of ammunition and No: 2460 have been exhibited at Kwania Central Police Station pending forensic audit.

In the last three months, there has been two cases of loss of guns; one from Oyam Central Police Station and another from a private security guard of a petrol in Lira city.

According to Okema, these two guns have not been found but the police has recovered other guns from other districts.

Police recently recovered about 10 other guns from within the sub region

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