Security personnel in Gulu City have arrested 48 street hawkers suspected to be criminals operating in the City during a night sting operation.
The suspects were picked from various locations within Gulu city center by the police and the army during a two-day swoop that commenced on Tuesday night.
The operation started about two months ago and police was able to nail down street gangs and 30 suspects have been implicated for terrorizing residents.
David Ongom Mudong, the Aswa River Region Region Police Spokesperson says that the joint operation was intelligence-led and targeted mainly street hawkers.
Ongom notes that during Wednesday’s operation, security personnel recovered marijuana packed in 13 bags from one of the suspect’s houses who evaded arrest. The suspect who is on the run has been disguising as a dry cassava trader.
“We received intelligence that some of the suspects are foreign nationals from Kenya, Rwanda, and Burundi engaged in criminal activities but disguise as hawkers during the day,” said Mudong.
Similarly, the police crime intelligence in Gulu has arrested two nationals who had fake money worth shs3billion.
Oloya Innocent and Ayella Calvin, residents of Pecce Laroo division got into business with a one Otema Joel who suspected them to be shady after refusing to go to the bank to carry out transactions.
Mudong confirmed the arrest of these two men and said they were currently being held at Patongo Central Police station on charges of possessing fake notes which were found in a safe box after the police search.
Youth were advised to avoid quick money but rather work hard and not involve themselves in acts that break the law.