Mob lynches suspected motorcycle thief, gun recovered

Mob lynches suspected motorcycle thief, gun recovered

By Denis Otim

A suspected serial motorcycle thief was today lynched by a furious mob at Kanyagoga parish, Bardege division, Gulu Municipality.

Eric Otema 29, a resident of Opit trading center in Omoro district, was killed at around 9:00am. Otema becomes the third suspected motorcycle thief to be killed by a mob in a span of one week.

Early last week, suspected motorcycle thieves, Samuel Peter Opiyo and John Kaunda, were killed by mob in bardege division.

According to police reports, Otema was spotted with another colleague with a motorcycle registration UES 353D, suspected to have been stolen from Koch Goma Sub County in Nwoya district.

It is reported that people who identified the motorcycle later started attacking the suspected thieves, but one of them identified as Amiru Yunus Ojara, escaped, but was arrested at Gulu Central Prison barracks.

The Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson Jimmy Patrick Okema told The Northern Era, that Ojara, a boda boda rider in Atiak Sub county Amuru district, was found with a gun having 20 rounds of ammunition, and six master keys.

He is being detained at Gulu central Police station, pending interrogation, while the body of his late accomplice is at Gulu regional referral Mortuary.

Okema said the suspect in detention could be charged with aggravated robbery and terrorism, depending on the advice from the Resident State Attorney.

There has been growing theft of motorcycle within Gulu Municipality by a group of armed thugs.

Security personnel believe the guns used by the thugs are being ferried from the neighboring war torn South Sudan.

Late last month, the Ugandan police foiled an attempt by five suspects to smuggle an assortment of explosives, pistols and over 1,400 bullets for machine guns into the country from South Sudan.

Ms Flavia Akech 42 and four other male suspects believed to be her accomplice were netted at Bibia check point in Atiak Sub-county Amuru district four kilometers from Elegu border point.