Thursday August 7 2014

New crime wave hits Gulu

By Julius Ocungi


A new wave of crime has hit Gulu District with companies and business entities’ employees, claiming that money given to them by their bosses was taken by armed robbers.
The vice has since seen two different companies lose more than Shs31 million in less than a week after employees claimed they were attacked by armed robbers while on their way to banks.
The latest incident was reported by an employee of British American Tobacco Gulu branch who reported a case to the police claiming unknown gunmen intercepted him and took Shs23 million which he was taking to Stanbic Bank Gulu.

The employee was arrested and detained on suspicion that he could be an accomplice in the alleged robbery.
In a related incident, the police also arrested two employees of Patel and Sons Company Ltd in Gulu Municipality on July 26. The duo reported at Atiak Police Post that they were robbed of Shs8 million by armed robbers, while transporting merchandise along Gulu-Atiak highway in Atiak Sub-county, Amuru District.

Aswa regional police spokesperson Jimmy Patrick Okema told this newspaper investigations into the cases are ongoing.
“We are highly suspicious that these people could have hidden the money and duped their employers that the money was taken by armed robbers while on their way to the bank ,” Mr Okema said.
He wondered why those claiming to be victims did not make an alarm to attract attention from the public and security agents during the robbery.
Mr Okema added that the suspects in both cases would be arraigned before courts of law once investigations are completed and charged with theft and giving false information to the police.