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West Nile: Police Concerned as Lawless Refugees Kill Police Officers

Police has come out and expressed concern over the deteriorating respect of its law enforcement officers especially in the districts in the West Nile.

This follows numerous incidents recently in which some police officers have been attacked by groups of youths from refugee camps.

At least 2 police officers are reported to have been murdered in cold blood by suspected refugee youths in the region.

Police spokesman Fred Enanga yesterday told press that the rate of violence perpetuated by some societies in the West Nile region have made the work of police difficult.

Despite the region being occupied by its indigenous tribesmen, it also accommodates numerous Congolese and Sudanese refugee camps of which co-existence between the societies is still a challenge.

Occasionally, violent clashes break out between the host societies and refugees and sometimes refugee groups also collide between themselves.

The Area Police, he says, occasionally face challenges in containing such clashes as they find a lot of resistance especially from the refugee societies who are too violent.

Reports indicate that refugees from South Sudan are too hostile to police as they don’t want to abide by the laws of this country.

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“When you don’t have people respecting police then it shows you the level of violence which is expected to arise from a community like that one,” Enanga said

Last week, reports from the region indicated that a group of youth said to be South Sudanese refugees attacked and killed a police officer identified as corporal Moro Majid at Onyero Village, Logoba sub county in Moyo district.

The police officer together with others had gone to respond to a distress call from one of the locals who was allegedly accused of lacing two youths with poison but instead a mob of youths pounced on him, grabbed his gun and shot him dead before abandoning the gun at the scene.

Mr Enanga said that police are hunting for the suspects despite reports that they fled the village to unknown places.

In a related incident, in August last year another policeman identified as Corporal Santos Changon was murdered in cold blood when he was cut severally by suspected South Sudanese youths from his house.

The assailants in this incident took off with a police gun and two rounds of ammunition and have not been traced to date.

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