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Forestry, UPDF Soldiers Arrested for Torture in Apac

Police in Akokoro in Apac district have in detention security officers including National Forestry Authority agents for assaulting women.

Harriet Akello, 34 and Dilish Awor, 40, both residents of Kayei village, Akokoro sub county in Apac district were allegedly assaulted by National Forestry Authority (NFA) officials during their routine operations in Akokoro Forest Reserve.

The NFA officials accused the duo of illegal tree cutting and charcoal burning in the Forest Reserve.

The NFA officials Judith Aber and Lillian Akot plus four soldiers who were on enforcement team have been arrested and are detained at Central Police Station (CPS) Apac.

Defence spokesperson, Brigadier Richard Karemire identified the UPDF soldiers as Pte Fredrick Obwana, Pte Benson Ouma Bwiire and Pte Benmos Olwa.

“The incident has nothing to do with the curfew which is one of the measures in the campaign again COVID 19,” said Karemire.

“It will be investigated and action will be taken,” he added.

ChimpReports understands that the District Forestry Officer by Ms Judith Aber went with UPDF soldiers in the forest in Akokoro on Saturday and found two women gathering firewood.

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She allegedly ordered the beating up of the ladies and soldiers complied.

The two women were then put on a vehicle which Aber was using, taken uphill where they were found by a cattle keeper who later alerted the community.

On Sunday, authorities mobilized an ambulance from Akokoro Health Center III to pick up the victims and take them to Apac hospital where they are currently receiving treatment.

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