LIRA VIOLENCE: 8 Unity FM Staff Still Detained

At least eight staff of Unity FM Lira which was closed on Saturday, have been detained by police.

The security situation in Lira town drastically escalated on Saturday evening when news of fracas at the burial of late Dicken Okello in Alito sub county, Kole district reached the sub-region’s capital.

The UPDF quickly reinforced police as to subdue stone-pelting street kids and an angry mob targeting Asians and their businesses.

One of six radio stations in the town was shut down by police team sent by Lira DPC, Jole Tubanone who was acting on the orders of Lira RDC, Milton Odongo.

Heavily-armed police officers forcefully entered the premises of Unity FM and arrested all the 8 staffs found at the station.

ChimpReports understands Charles Odongo, Felix Ogwang, Michael Ogwang, Charles Alwala, Emmy Okello, Ken Opio, Engola Okello Junior and Ambrose Eleng were still detained at Lira Central Police Station by Sunday morning.

No official statement has been given on the closing of the radio.

The North Kyoga Region’s Police Spokesman, David Ongom Mudong


is currently unavailable for comment.

He is said to be taking care of a sick relative.

Three people who sustained bullet injuries from Alito and Lira town are still receiving treatment in Lira

A male adult known as Nelson Ojok was shot in buttocks while an unidentified boy was shot in the leg. They were shot during a fierce fracas at the burial of Dicken Okello allegedly killed by two Indians currently in detention at Kole CPS.

Trouble started when mourners declined to give chance to security officials to address them.

Police have been accused of siding with the Indians to doctor the post-mortem report.

Lira town is reportedly calm on Sunday morning and people were seen peacefully going to different churches in town. Shops owned by Asians, however, remain closed.

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