North Kyoga Police Alerts the Public on Terror Threats

Patrick Jimmy Okema the Aswa region police spokesperson
SP Jimmy Patrick Okema,
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The territorial police in North Kyoga Region, under the command of Commissioner of Police (CP) Obura Deo, has issued a public alert regarding potential terror threats.

“As you may be aware, we have, time and again, experienced threats of terrorism, just like other countries around the globe. It is in this context that we wish to remind members of the public that terrorism is a global threat and still exists,” the statement reads.

According to SP Jimmy Patrick Okema, the North Kyoga Region police spokesperson, the statement from RPC Obura emphasized, “Therefore, while in your workplaces, travel destinations, gathering areas/places of worship (e.g., churches, hospitals, health centers, mosques, taxi parks, bus parks, supermarkets, offices, disco halls, video halls, music clubs, hotels, restaurants, football pitches, and residences), kindly be conscious of terror threats and acts of terrorism. Managers of social gathering places are hereby advised to put in place security mechanisms such as the use of metal detectors, walk-through, hand searches, among others, as part of ensuring safety.”

North Kyoga police has alerted the public to remain vigilant and alert as a safety mechanism, especially since the festive season is approaching, and children are back from school for holidays. The statement warns that criminals may take advantage of this period to engage in various criminal activities, such as robbery, housebreaking, theft, circulation of fake currencies, motorcycle thefts, rape, an increase in accidents, domestic violence, defilement, shop breaking, among others.

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The police authorities in North Kyoga Region emphasized the need to step up vigilance and alertness, urging cooperation with security through timely information sharing on emergency call lines: 999 or the 122 system. They underscored the importance of practicing neighborhood watch and reporting suspected persons or abandoned objects to relevant authorities for quick intervention, emphasizing that it is the responsibility of everyone to stay safe from danger or crime.

“As police, we want to assure members of the public and build confidence that we are prepared to secure this festive season peacefully before, during, and after.”

Police have strengthened both covert and overt capabilities through motorized and foot patrols, joint intelligence-led operations, and the CCTV camera command and emergency call center, which will be active 24/7 to monitor all corners of Lira City, highways, and other urban centers where cameras are installed.

All DPCs/OC Stations are directed to raise alertness through community policing and mobilization of other stakeholders in partnership with security agencies in terror threat management and securing this festive season.

Police in North Kyoga Region concluded by wishing everyone a peaceful festive season.

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