ARUA: SUNDAY, AUGUST 15, 2021
Justine Olea, a rebel suspect said to be belonging to the notorious Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) was handed over to the Congolese government representatives at Vurra Custom’s border post on Saturday.
This followed Olea’s rearrest from Drivers’ Corner, a popular joint in the centre of Arua City, after he inadvertently escaped from Arua police custody early this month.
At the time of his escape, the ADF suspect was being escorted for a short call.
Security sources say that the man kept roaming around the City until he was spotted by someone whose relative was reportedly killed by a stray bullet when police fired and gave him a chase while escaping from custody.
Arua resident district commissioner, Festus Ayikobua, who led the Ugandan officials told the www.westniletodaynews.com that the decision to handover the suspect to DR Congo was arrived at a bilateral security meeting at the Customs border post recently.
“Our cooperation is aimed at curbing criminality along our common border. We now expect our DRC counterparts to reciprocate by recovering our lost vehicles including a high-way ambulance stolen from Arua regional referral hospital and apprehending the thieves,” he said.
He urged the Congolese government to treat the rebel suspect humanely, saying that he would be happy if DRC gives a feedback to Uganda on how Olea was treated.
Jean Pierre Bwana, the head of delegation from DR Congo who is also the Director of Frontier Security, appreciated the Ugandan government and promised that any Ugandan criminal suspect who crosses to DR Congo would be hunted and given back to Uganda in a similar manner.
Bwana appealed for continuation of the bilateral cooperation in order to ensure safety and security along the border.
Cornelius Aluma, the Aru territorial Public Relation officer, thanked the Ugandan government for handing over Olea and promised that he will get fair trial before a competent court of law.
The officials asked their Ugandan counterparts to compile a proper list and details of the cars they claim were stolen and driven off to DR Congo by transnational thieves.