Ugandan officers intercept stolen Kenyan Land Cruiser in Lira

Ugandan officers intercept stolen Kenyan Land Cruiser in Lira

Lira, Uganda | By Michael Wandati | A police officer from Lira Central Police Station sustained a gunshot wound in the stomach during a confrontation when authorities intercepted a Toyota Land Cruiser with the registration number KDH 790K, suspected to be to have been stolen from Kenya.

Tony Ebong and three other individuals, identified as George Otyato from Awendo in Migori County, Kenya, Hussein Akako from Tororo-Malaba, and Paul Omara from Oyugisi Homa Bay County, Kenya, incurred injuries during the incident.

The implicated vehicle has been impounded and is presently stationed at Lira Central Police Station. An ongoing investigation is focused on locating a suspect who allegedly managed to escape.

All injured parties are currently receiving medical attention at Lira Regional Referral Hospital, with their roles in the episode yet to be conclusively determined.

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A joint team comprising regular police and Flying Squad operatives established a checkpoint at Adwali cell, Boroboro ward, in Lira City East Division, acting on information about a potentially stolen vehicle from Kenya. The incident is documented under Reference Number OB 24/9/11/2023 at Karuri Police Station, indicating that the vehicle was being driven into Uganda through the Busia border.

According to reports, the suspects altered the vehicle’s number plates to UBE 665K while traversing Dokolo district, possibly as a ploy to thwart law enforcement efforts.

Patrick Jimmy Okema, the North Kyoga Police Spokesperson, verified that the vehicle’s movements across Tororo, Mbale, Soroti, and Lira were monitored using a tracking system.