- Three suspects have so far been released in connection to theft due to insufficient evidence
- The teacher is to be arraigned in court next week
- LCIII Chairman accuses police of backing ‘thieves’ but police deny the allegations
By Amacha Goli
Adjumani-The Adjumani district resident state attorney Whyzum Okello has sanctioned the police file of a primary school teacher charging him with two counts of stealing cattle.
The class room teacher in Boroli primary school in Pakele Sub-county and was last week arrested by the police at Olia village after he was found transporting suspected stolen cow.
The State Attorney Okello Whyzum on April 4, said the accused person was earlier on arrested by police and a charge of stealing cattle was preferred against him but he escaped from Adjumani hospital where he was admitted after he complained of ill health while still in detention at Adjumani central police station.
He was arrested alongside three others in connection to theft of the cattle.
Three of the suspects were however released by police on the advice of the state attorney because the evidence brought against them could not sustain the charge of stealing cattle.
Dzaipi Sub county chairman Derimo clay today faulted the police for releasing the three suspects whom he accused of masterminding a racket of cattle theft in the district.
Derimo has accused the police in Dzaipi police post commanded by inspector Odur of backing cattle thieves and warned of protracted community action since cattle owners have failed to get justice after being deprived of their cows.
Derimo claims the suspects have connections with Balalos and a Bucherman in Gulu Municipality who are coordinating the massive theft of cows in the area and said should the released suspects be sighted in Dzaipi again they will face mob action because the police have turned out to be irrelevant.
The Adjumani district police commander Samutsyangira Simon has denied the involvement of police in illegal cattle deals in Dzaipi, attesting that the three suspects were released on the orders of the state attorney.