According to the Police report, these notorious poachers owned so many illegal guns, that were not only used for poaching but also in terrorizing the people.
Police have arrested and detained up to five suspects following an intelligence report about a gang of notorious poachers in the area.
According to the Police report, the poachers had so many illegal guns, that were not only used for poaching but also in terrorizing the people especially travellers along Kampala-Pakwach-Arua Road, and robberies in some homesteads.
As result police on 29/07/2020 dispatched a joint security team commanded by Col. Allan Kyagungu and D/ACP Olugu Francis, Ag. CP General to Oyam and Nwoya areas where they were able to trap the said suspects.
Intelligence reports indicated that poaching in the Murchison national park was highly organized involving various groups of people that connive to commit the crime and even dealing in the illicit trafficking of wildlife species.
During the operation, a one Ongomo Peter, a notorious poacher was arrested and on interrogation, he revealed to the investigators that he bought one of the guns from a police officer whom he identified as Opiyo Andrew attached to Jinja Road Police Station, at UGX. 2,000,000.
Ongomo asserted that he was connected to the Police Officer (Seller) by his brother-in-law called Akona Fred a resident of Naguru Kampala in 2016.
Following this revelation, PC Opiyo Andrew Steven, attached to Jinja Road Police Station and CPL Emaru Richard, the In-Charge armoury at Jinja Road were arrested and interrogated accordingly.
Although they denied the allegations, the investigators established that the gun as revealed by Opiyo is a Police gun that was signed fraudulently by a hoax name at Jinja Road Police Station, unfortunately, destined to the hands of criminals.
During the operation, the joint team was also able to identify and profile some people who own illegal guns and these culprits are vigorously being pursued.
The recovered guns, however, are going to be examined with the view of among other things to establish whether they have been used at any other murder cases that have been reported and scenes of crime examined by the investigators, and if the results of the examined guns come to be positive, then inevitably the suspects will be interrogated to establish their involvement in such vicious crimes.
Meanwhile, the Police warn the culprits who are still at large to surrender the guns that are illegally in their possession and handover themselves, or else they risk being put out of action, for we cannot afford to allow these criminals to keep terrorizing the community as well as poaching restricted wildlife species.
According to a police statement, the investigations that commenced following this operation are nearly coming to a close and all the suspects will be charged with various crimes as provided for by the law.
The Uganda Police Force, however, appreciates the role played by the local leadership of Oyam and Nwoya Districts as well as the community in cooperating with the Joint Security team to ensure that such notorious criminals are identified, reported and apprehended for possible prosecution.