Two UPDF Impostors Arrested in Lira

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They were arrested from Iredha Chambers in Lira town on Tuesday following a tip-off from the community that the two were masquerading as personnel managing Operation Wealth Creation in the Lango Sub-region.

Police in Lira is holding two people for impersonating as officers of the Uganda Peoples Defense Force-UPDF. The two are identified as Brian Omara, from Abim district and Thomas Angena, from Katakwi district.

They were arrested from Iredha Chambers in Lira town on Tuesday following a tip-off from the community that the two were masquerading as personnel managing Operation Wealth Creation in the Lango Sub-region.

It is reported that Omara, in the company of Angena on June 23, jointly went to Lira Central Police Station to obtain a police letter to allow them to apply for National Identification Cards under the claim that their initial IDs were lost.

Both of them had presented themselves as UPDF officers at the rank of a Lieutenant from the Pader based 5th Division Army headquarters.

Robert Abak, Lira Resident District Commissioner says the duo was subsequently given police letters introducing them to National Identification Registration Authority Office in Lira. But, according to Abak, a quick background check found that the two supposed officers were imposters.

North Kyoga Regional Police Spokesperson David Ongom Mudong confirmed the arrest saying the suspects shall be handed to the Army for further management. They are still being held at Lira CPS.

 

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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.