Gulu Nurse Arrested for Dealing in Illegal Ivory

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Amandu was then beaten by the sellers for reportedly conniving with UWA to arrest them. He was arrested after reporting a case of battering and theft of Ugx 50 Million by unknown people.


Charles Amandu, a 38 year old Psychiatric Nurse at Gulu regional referral hospital is held by the police in Nwoya district for reportedly dealing in Ivory.

According to the Aswa regional police spokesperson Patrick Jimmy Okema, Amandu was arrested after a disagreement between him and the traders whom he was linking to the Kampala based buyers.

Okema says that the unknown persons selling the Ivory from Kinene in Alero Sub County and the buying team first disagreed on the kilograms of Ivory. He says that whereas the people selling the Ivory claimed the ivory weighed 50 kilogram’s, the buyers brought by Amandu said it was 20 kilograms.

But Uganda wildlife Authority officials were reportedly monitoring the transaction and upon their arrival the two parties fled the scene.

Amandu was then beaten by the sellers for reportedly conniving with UWA to arrest them. He was arrested after reporting a case of battering and theft of Ugx 50 Million by unknown people.

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Nathan Onyachi, the director Gulu regional hospital confirmed that Charles Amandu is a staff at the hospital and said that he had been missing for the past three days not reporting on duty without any formal communication.

Police says that Amandu disclosed the names of the people who were dealing in the ivory.

Illegal ivory trade is report to be on the increase in Uganda.

According to the recently released Police annual crime report for 2013, over 14 boxes weighing 1,424 kilograms of Ivory were recovered on 20th December 2013 at Apron 1 at Entebbe International Airport, there was an attempt to smuggle ivory. Six suspects were arrested and inquiries are still ongoing.

Meanwhile on 10th October 2013 at Bweyogerere, Kiira Division in Wakiso district, 832 Elephant tasks were recovered and impounded. The case is under inquiry.

 

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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.