Boda-boda rider robs South Sudanese refugee in Pader

Aswa Bridge connects Lira, Pader and Kitgum districts.

A South Sudanese refugee is stranded at Angagura police post in Pader District after a boda-boda rider robbed him of his money at Juka village along Pader-Gulu Road.

Joseph Ongoro, 35, reportedly hired the yet to be identified boda-boda rider from Gulu city to drop him to Kitgum but on reaching Aswa Bridge, the boda-boda rider stopped, went to the bush before returning with a knife that he used to threaten Ongoro and robbed him of his money.

A police officer at Angagura police post who preferred anonymity because he is not allowed to talk to the press said that the boda-boda rider rode off with Ongoro’s bag reportedly containing Shs187,000.

 “According to the victim, he pulled out Shs35,000 from his bag and paid the boda-boda rider while still in Gulu and put the remaining money back into his bag. This could have prompted the rider to rob him of his money,” said the police officer.

Meanwhile, the police officer said police have contacted officials of Palabek refugee camp and efforts were underway to take Ongoro back while a robbery case under reference SD 07/15/03/21 has been opened at Angagura police post.

The Angagura LC 3 chairman, Lazarus Obbo Kidega, said he received the report about the incident that took place on Sunday, March 14, 2021.

Audio: Kidega on robbery (English)
Audio: Kidega on robbery (Luo)

The law

Article 285 of the Penal Code Act states that any person who commits a felony of robbery is liable, such an offender and any other person jointly concerned in committing such a robbery shall, on conviction by the High Court, be sentenced to death.

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