By Fred Kiva
Police have denied reports that they arrested 34 mourners heading for burial of a suspected criminal in Lira district.
On Tuesday, various media outlets reported that police had intercepted a vehicle and arrested the 34 mourners on board.
However, in a statement issued late on Tuesday evening, Police Spokesperson Emilian Kayima clarified that four suspected criminals were apprehended aboard the same vehicle which carried the mourners.
“The media attributes the story to our Aswa Regional PRO who has since denied having stated these matters to the media. He has since clarified that a vehicle carrying mourners was intercepted and four suspected criminals were apprehended, leaving the rest to proceed for burial,” he stated.
Kayima added that the suspects have been on the Police wanted list.
“According to the police in Lira, the four have been on the wanted list of criminals terrorizing the area and are currently detained in Lira CPS. They are Opio Moses, Okwir Denis, Otema Jimmy and Okwir James,” he said.
The Police Spokesman said “this should put facts right and may the media houses concerned correct the impression earlier created by the first story.”