By Candia Stephen & Odama Joseph
Arua-Police in Arua have arrested and detained two criminal gang leaders suspected to be heading two notorious groups.
Jude Nasucha, the acting district police commander, confirmed the incident saying they would continue to dislodge the group from their hideout and ensure security is attained for communities.
The emergence of the groups has posed a security threat to locals especially those who move at night. Those who have suffered much include travelers of night buses, those returning to their homes with money, motorcyclists and break-ins.
The According to Nasucha, the two are leaders of ‘Fire Eaters’ a notorious group known for armed robberies, waylaying people, house break ins, theft and bag snatching and ‘Pumbulu Boys’ known for duping and conning people of their money respectively.
Meanwhile Innocent Dushabe, the district CIID officer, said there has been a lot of public outcry resulting from the activities of the two groups in Arua town, but police has been tracking them until the two were trapped within Arua town on Monday.
The resurgence of the insecurity evokes memories of the 1990s when Arua town was insecure where criminal gangs killed businessmen and locals. It took police several years to weed out the criminal gangs and now a similar scenario has returned.
He also explained that other leaders and members of the groups escaped but police is hunting for them. The gangs have formed up their dens in forests and some hideouts especially in Oli division and near River Enyau.
As activities towards commemoration of the 32nd NRM anniversary in Arua town expand, security personnel have intensified their patrols and crack down on wrong doers and unscrupulous people within Arua town and the border points with DRC and South Sudan.
The two groups mainly comprising of unemployed youth have been in existence for more than two years now and are believed to have a syndicate with the then famous ‘Avu Dot Com’ that coordinated several strikes in schools in West Nile in 2015/16.