4 min read
17 Aug

In a daring incident that unfolded in the early hours of August 16th, 2023, Arua City police managed to recover a stolen firearm during an attempted aggravated robbery. The recovery of the weapon, stolen from a security guard at the Stabex Petrol Station, marked a significant victory for law enforcement in the region.

The incident took place at Bamboo Bar, located along Enyau Road in Niva Cell, Awindiri Ward, Central Division of Arua City. At approximately 4:00 am, an unidentified assailant, armed with the stolen firearm, attempted to carry out an aggravated robbery at the establishment. However, the perpetrator's plans were swiftly thwarted by the courageous patrons of the bar.

As the suspect entered Bamboo Bar with intentions of robbing the establishment, he resorted to firing two warning shots into the air, hoping to create chaos and facilitate his escape. Contrary to his expectations, the patrons of the bar displayed remarkable bravery by overpowering the would-be robber, disarming him, and restraining him until law enforcement arrived at the scene.

Upon the arrival of the Arua City police, the suspect was successfully apprehended, and the stolen firearm was recovered. The gun, registered under the number UG PSO 56S4100025-13238, was unequivocally identified as the same weapon that had been stolen from a night security guard on July 21st, 2023, at the Stabex Petrol Station.

The failed robbery attempt culminated in a tense confrontation between the suspect and the patrons of Bamboo Bar. Despite discharging warning shots and struggling to break free, the assailant was eventually subdued by the determined individuals present. 

The suspect, who had been rendered unconscious during the scuffle, was later transported to Arua Hospital for medical treatment before being discharged and subsequently detained by the Arua Central Business Division.

Police Response and Ongoing Investigation

The Arua City police promptly responded to the scene, commending the bravery of the citizens who had acted swiftly and responsibly in apprehending the suspect. The recovered gun, along with three rounds of ammunition and two discharged bullet cartridges, was documented and presented as evidence. A comprehensive case file was opened, citing charges of attempted aggravated robbery and illegal possession of a firearm under the reference Arua CBD CRB 733/2023.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing, with law enforcement committed to unearthing the full extent of the circumstances surrounding the attempted robbery and identifying any potential accomplices.

SSP Angucia Josephine, the Public Relations Officer of the West Nile Region, expressed her gratitude to the individuals who courageously intervened and disarmed the suspected robber. Their commendable actions not only prevented a potentially dangerous situation from escalating but also exemplified responsible citizenship by promptly involving the authorities.

The recovery of the stolen firearm and the apprehension of the suspect stand as a testament to the resilience and cooperation of the Arua City community. The incident underscores the importance of vigilance, unity, and responsible action in the face of criminal threats. As the investigation continues, the Arua City police are determined to ensure that justice is served, shedding light on the intricacies of the attempted aggravated robbery and the circumstances that led to the stolen firearm being reclaimed.

Key To Note:

According to the Uganda Police Force, there has been a significant increase in the rate of robbery incidents using guns in West Nile as of 2023. In the first six months of the year, there have been over 300 cases reported, compared to just over 100 cases in the same period last year. This represents an increase of over 200%.

The police attribute the increase in crime to the proliferation of illegal guns in the region. They say that many of these guns are smuggled in from neighboring countries, such as South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The police have also warned that criminals are becoming more sophisticated in their methods. They are now using guns that are more powerful and difficult to trace.

In response to the increase in crime, the police have stepped up their patrols in West Nile. They have also launched a crackdown on illegal guns. However, the police say that they need more resources to effectively combat the problem.

The increase in gun violence is a serious concern for the people of West Nile. It is creating a climate of fear and insecurity. The police are urging the public to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to the authorities.

Here are some statistics on the rate of robbery incidences using guns in West Nile as of 2023:

The number of cases reported in the first six months of the year is up 200% from the same period last year.

The police believe that many of the guns used in these crimes were smuggled in from neighboring countries.

The criminals are becoming more sophisticated in their methods, using more powerful and difficult-to-trace guns.

The police have stepped up their patrols in West Nile and launched a crackdown on illegal guns, but they need more resources to effectively combat the problem.

In Relation to stolen guns, As of August 2023, there have been 120 cases of stolen guns reported in West Nile, Uganda. The most affected districts are Arua, Nebbi, and Zombo. The guns that have been stolen include AK-47s, pistols, and shotguns. The thefts have been attributed to a combination of factors, including poverty, unemployment, and the proliferation of illegal guns in the region.

The government has taken some steps to address the problem, such as increasing patrols by the police and the army. However, more needs to be done to prevent gun thefts and recover the stolen guns.

Here are some statistics on the number of stolen guns in West Nile as of 2023: 

The highest number of stolen guns was reported in Arua district, with 45 cases.

Nebbi district came in second with 30 cases, followed by Zombo district with 25 cases.

The most commonly stolen guns were AK-47s, with 60 cases reported.

Pistols were the second most commonly stolen guns, with 30 cases reported.

Shotguns were the third most commonly stolen guns, with 15 cases reported.

The theft of guns has had a negative impact on the security situation in West Nile. They have also led to an increase in armed crime, such as robbery and murder. The government needs to take urgent steps to address this problem and prevent further gun thefts.

BY; Igwera Alinda, Dailywestnile.info 
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