‘Riot’, hunger and theft in camp: Police recovers stolen WFP items


West Nile Police PRO SP Angucia speaking to refugees in Omugo refugee camp on Wednesday. Photo by Michael Ojok.

By MICHAEL OJOK

ARUA: Police in Arua district has recovered items worth millions of shillings belonging to World Food Program (WFP).

It was reportedly stolen by South Sudanese refugees during a violent riot over delayed food supply at Omugo refugee camp on Wednesday.

The items recovered as a result of early morning riot on Wednesday includes; 11 wheel-barrows, 11 hand hoes, 9 slashers, 1big plastic tarpaulin of 50metres, 1spraying can as well as some electronic items, including 3 computer gadgets.

West Nile Regional Police spokesperson, SP Josephine Angucia says Police have since arrested and detained nine refugees from Omugo refugee camp who are suspected to have masterminded the riot.

Angucia added that the suspects are being kept at Arua Central Police Station as investigations continue.

SP Angucia advises the refugees to use better mechanisms of sharing their grievances with their leaders to the concerned authorities instead of taking the law into their hands.

Arua district refugee Desk Officer Solomon Osakana says the situation in the camp has calmed down following a three day sensitization of refugees on procedures to be followed.

Neville Claire, the WFP spokesperson confirmed to TND News that they have recovered stolen items.

“Police has also handed back to us those items,” Claire said on Friday.

Asked why there is a prolonged delay in food distribution in camps, he said: “The delay in food distribution is entirely with the office of Prime Minister (OPM) whose officials are still collecting and comparing data of the refugees before embarking on distributing food.”

 

 


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