At least nine refugees have been detained by Police in Arua as part of a wide investigation into the forceful disarming of a police officer.
The refugees are said to have assaulted and overpowered SPC Kasimiro Garaziano (No.6024) attached to Omugo refugee settlement police post.
“This happened when the police officer was deployed to guard Omugo Refugee Reception Centre as refugees received food supplies,” said West Nile Region Police spokesperson, Josephine Angucia.
“It so happened that the refugees complained and demonstrated over little food as others claimed that they missed completely. They went ahead to hold the humanitarian service providers hostage and disarmed the constable,” she added.
Angucia said it was not until the team from CPS Arua convinced and sensitised the leaders of the refugees that they handed over the weapon to police and freed the staff who were held hostage.
She further said the suspects are South Sudanese refugees who had just entered the country and kept at the reception centre pending allocation to camps.
“All the nine have been charged with Robbery as inquiries continue under Arua CRB 2965/2018,” said Angucia.
She explained that Office of the Prime Minister, United Nations High Commission for Refugees and the implementing partners are in the process of giving more food to the refugees and so police continues to monitor the situation at the camp.
“It has been a common scenario for these groups of refugees especially the new arrivals to riot and take law in their hands. They are being advised to obey our laws as indicated in the refugee statutes and respect our security operatives who are deployed to protect them.”