Abducted Youths Identified

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Josephine Angucia, the West Nile Regional Police Spokesperson, says much as they have not registered any new abduction, they are engaging the community to remain vigilant. She says they have also placed crime preventers in the region on high alert during the day and night until the matter is put to rest.

Twenty youths who were allegedly abducted by suspected South Sudan militants from Yumbe district last month have been identified. On May 16th, suspected South Sudan gunmen raided Lombe and Lokpe villages in Kochi Sub-County and killed one person before abducting 20 youths.

 
The youths have not returned since they were abducted. A highly placed security officer in West Nile has disclosed the identities of the missing youths. They are Samuel Guma, Fred Guma, Edward Adibaku, Adinani Achina, Siriba Juruga, Amidi Ajiga, Ashraf Daluku, Muzamil Aliduga, Akimu Agalaka, Sabiri Juruga and Uria Dudua. 

 
 
Others are Bashir Akangi, Aliku Juruga, Abibu Nasibu, Arisi Juruga, Abdul Majid Abiriga, Ratib Ukiniga, Rashid Asega, Yasin Adaiga and Salim Ambaga. The officer also identifies the herdsman who was gunned down by the militants as Misati Kabangira, a Rwandese national. According to the source, they also got leads to the exact location, where the abductees are being held.

 
"We strongly believe that these men are being kept in some camps of tribal militias in South Sudan. We are looking for ways to infiltrate their formations so that our people are brought back home," he said.
 
He says that they are also investigating about sixty people in connection to the raid. The officer says they decided to release the names of the abductees hoping that the public will provide tips and leads to help them rescue the abductees. Josephine Angucia, the West Nile Regional Police Spokesperson, says much as they have not registered any new abduction, they are engaging the community to remain vigilant.

 
She says they have also placed crime preventers in the region on high alert during the day and night until the matter is put to rest. Angucia also says that their investigations show that some of the men voluntarily left with the militants but declined to divulge details. Currently, both the army and police have deployed along routes leading to and from South Sudan.

 

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Annet Lekuru
Annet Lekuru is the Uganda Radio Network bureau chief for Arua. She is new in this post, assigned August 2016. However, she is no stranger to URN subcribers and readers.

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