By Our Reporter
PADER: Police in Pader district have put up a serious manhunt for former Aruu County Member of Parliament Hon. Odonga Otto and a group of vigilantes, who were armed with pangas and sticks.
The hunt follows a video that was captured viciously beating three victims, who had gone to buy charcoal, in one of the homesteads in Laorogali village, Atanga sub-county, in Pader district, on April 30, 2023, at around 3:30 p.m.
The Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, has identified the three victims as Ssemanda Charles, Wagwana Yusuf, and Takafa Erisata, who had loaded 12 bags of charcoal in their Fuso truck registration number, UBA 600B.
Enanga says the group assaulted them using sticks and pangas and allegedly robbed cash worth $1,097,700 from Ssemanda Charles.
According to Enanga, they also vandalized the Fuso truck and stole two motor vehicle batteries, a motor vehicle radio, a woofer, a motor vehicle key, and a tarp.
The police spokesperson also adds that the attackers further damaged the windscreen, fuel tank, and tires of the Fuso truck.
‘’The victims were later released, and they reported the matter at Atanga police station. A serious manhunt for the Hon. Odonga Otto and all those who participated in the torture by caning and beating is active and ongoing,’’ Enanga said.
Enanga further asserts that the same group had earlier attacked Olara Charles Okello after he was found buying firewood while in his motor vehicle registration number UAP 516D, along Lapul-Atanga road in Atanga sub-county, and robbed him of his phones and other belongings.
‘’The matter was reported at Pajule police station, and although the Hon. Odonga Otto and his vigilantes claim they are an advocacy group that is enforcing a ban on commercial trade in Acholi Sub-region, their level of physical interaction is not only reckless and dangerous but can lead to hate crimes in society,’’ he said.
‘’We therefore urge the former lawmaker to avoid taking the law into his hands and misleading other members of the public into acts of lawlessness and impunity, and as the joint security agencies, we remain committed to pursuing all incidents of torture and will ensure that all perpetrators responsible are identified and charged to court,’’ he said.
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