Police at Lira Central Police Station in Lira District are holding four suspects who were arrested while in possession of counterfeit currency notes of United States Dollars and South Sudanese Pounds. The suspects have been identified as Ambrose Okot, Sam Odongo, Martin Otia and Andrew Aleny, residents of Lira.
According to the North Kyoga Region Public Relations Officer ASP. David Mudongo Ongom, on receiving intelligence, a covert operation on the suspects was instituted on July 19, 2019 that first led to the arrest of Okot and Odong along Lira town Main street. And upon interrogation their accomplices Otia and Aleny were as well pursued and apprehended at Ambalal Primary School in Adyel division, Lira Municipality. A search was conducted and they were found with counterfeit notes.
Ongom said the fraudsters are part of a racket of gangs who have organised themselves with intention to defraud members of the public. ‘As the police, through community policing we do appreciate the members of the public for the vigilance exhibited against the vice that has always helped us to succeed during this kind of operation,” he said.
He said upon the conclusion of the inquiry, the suspects shall be paraded in courts of law for prosecution.