Lira Police Accused of Taking Kidnapped Child’s Case Too Lightly

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Lira residents are baffled at the casual manner in which Police are handling the case of kidnap of a 4-year old girl, now coming to a week as the desperate mother pleads for action. 

On Monday, angry workers from Timber yard in Lira City, where the victim’s mother is a casual worker serving food at a restaurant, stormed Lira Central police station under the leadership of chairman timber yard Moris Acobo protesting what they see as apparent disinterest to find the missing child.

The minor identified as Elizabeth Akello was kidnapped on Thursday last week when her mother Dilish Adero was busy serving customers in her sister’s restaurant in Timber Yard, Lira City East Division.

Dilish Adero, the mother of the kidnapped alleges that one Kenneth Opio and his accomplice Walter Ojok staged the kidnap by distracting her as Ojok posing as a customer made a foo order. Opio then allegedly tricked the child that he was  going to buy for her soda and disappeared with her.

Now the North Kyoga Regional Police spokesperson James Ekaju they three suspects have been arrested to investigate the incidents.  He identified the suspects are Kenneth Opio, Walter Ojok and one only identified as Okello, all residents of Lira City.

According to Ekaju police preliminary findings indicate that the prime suspect Kenneth Opio took advantage when the children were playing outside the restaurant and enticed her with edibles before disappearing with her.

He adds that investigations are ongoing to trace the whereabouts of the minor asking the public to provide necessary information to police.

A case of child abduction has since been registered against the suspects under CRB/375/2021.

However, some of the residents have accused police of taking slow progress to investigate the matter.  On Monday, an angry mob from Timber yard stormed the central police station protesting what they call delays in investigating the kidnap incident.

Addressing the press, the chairman Lira Timber yard Moris Acobo, expressed disappointment with the delays by police to investigate the matter in order for them to get justice for the lost child.

The mobs were calmed down by Lira Resident City Commissioner Lawrence Egole who pledged to take up the matter. Egole cautioned parents to be responsible and stop the act of living their children to loiter in public places alone, in order to check the rampant cases of kidnap in the country.

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