Gunfire in Lira as Police Disperses Rowdy Residents

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Armed with stones and sticks, the rowdy residents stormed the police and engaged police in running battles, saying that they wanted to lynch the suspect before police let him free. They said that the suspect was among the group that broke into the shop.

Sounds of gunfire covered Lira district this morning as police battled residents who wanted to snatch a suspect from Lira Central Police Station.  For almost two hours, business in the municipality was on a standstill as residents pursued one Sylus Otim, 23, a resident of Jinja Camp, accused of breaking into a shop in the area.

Armed with stones and sticks, the rowdy residents stormed the police and engaged police in running battles, saying that they wanted to lynch the suspect before police let him free. They said that the suspect was among the group that broke into the shop.

During the clash, a trader identified as Hebert Amatha was shot and injured by the stray bullet. He is currently receiving medical treatment from Charis Medical Clinic.

Lira District Police Commander Joel Tubanone said they used live bullets and tear gas to contain the crowd and block locals from hijacking the suspect. He said the move also aimed at saving the life of the suspect.
 
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In March 2018, rowdy residents killed and later burnt the body of Solomon Odongo, an armed robbery suspect who was accused of shooting a mobile money operator at Jinja Camp in Lira town.

 

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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.