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25 Arrested, 2 Guns Recovered As Police Raid Criminal Cartel In Kotido District

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Police in Kotido District have arrested 25 armed criminal suspects recovering 2 guns and 34 rounds of ammunitions following an intelligence-led joint security forces operation in the areas of Nakabale and Lokorok trading centers-Kotido District.

According to the Acting MT. Moroto Police PRO, AIP Longole Mike, the suspects are armed cattle rustlers who were planning an end of year raid on cattles in Kaabong District.

“On 29 Dec 2022, at around 1530Hrs, we conducted a succesful joint security forces operation and as a result, fruitful recoveries and arrests were made.”AIP Longole noted in a statement.


Adding that, “At Lokorok trading center, one prime male adult suspect by the name of Kokoi Limakori was arrested. Two guns, 34 rounds of ammunition, 4 pairs of military fatigue, and 1 pair of jungle boots were recovered from his house.”

The recovered guns include an SMG Reg number UG 1817(boltcarrier ) with 24 rounds of ammunitions and an SMG No 04421(bolt carrier) with 10 rounds of ammunitions.

The joint security forces further conducted a search at Nakabale trading center and arrested 24 other suspects in connection to the criminal gang.


24 suspects were taken to 405 Brigade Army headquarters in Kotido District for further investigations, while one who got minor injuries during a scuffle, was taken to Kotido Health centre for treatment.

The Police Crime Report 2021 indicate that a total of 13 cases of cattle rustling were registered. The rustling took place in the Districts of Kaabong with 9 cases, 3 in Amudat and 1 in Kitgum.

The report also shows that a total of 136 criminal gang members were arrested and charged to Court, 2 were killed in action.10 guns, 21 Improvised Explosive Devices recovered.

The 2021 Annual Police Crime Report further shows that 13 criminal syndicates mainly operating in the areas of Kampala Metropolitan, Mityana, Kiboga, Mbarara and Fort Portal were identified and disbanded. Before these criminal syndicates were disbanded, they had killed 11 people including 4 Police Officers.

Prime suspect, Kokoi Limakori // Photo Credit: Uganda Police
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Simon Peter Nashonji
Simon Peter Nashonji
Nashonji Simon Peter is a dynamic and multi-faceted team leader, renowned for his exceptional interpersonal skills. Having graduated with a Diploma in Journalism, Nashonji is on the cusp of completing his Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Public Relations at Nkumba University. He picked his niche and started writing with Chimp Reports in 2018. Since then, he has authored and published over 500 articles that cover Business trends, Politics, Health, Sports, and Environment. To master his craft, Nashonji offered to volunteer as an Editor of Nkumba University's News Website in 2022, a position he has held to date. On 1st July 2023, He joined the Editorial team of Ubuntu’ Magazine, a Rotary District 9214 (Uganda and Tazania) Monthly News product. Beyond the realm of academia, Nashonji is deeply involved in the governance of Airforce Senior Secondary School his Alma Mata, where he serves as a member on the Board of Directors. He is currently, the President Airforce S.S.S Alumni Society, President Samia Student's Association of Nkumba University and at the same time President of the Media Challenge Fellowship, 2023 cohort. "Opportunities multiply as they are seized and only dwindle when neglected."


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