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Two Arua URA officers airlifted to Kampala after being beaten into coma

Two enforcement officers from Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) attached to Arua customs have been airlifted to Kampala after being beaten into a coma by residents of Yobuyia cell in Ayivu East constituency in Arua city.

The residents ganged up against the duo on Sunday at around 7:30 pm near River Enyau bridge along Arua-Koboko road after they knocked a suspected rice smuggler with their car leaving him unconscious.

Shortly after the incident, residents poured at the scene, disarmed the two enforcement officers, and beat them into a coma. The driver of the URA Double Cabin truck sped off when he saw the swelling crowd approaching.

Jude Nasucha, the Arua district police commander (DPC), says that two people have been arrested in connection to the mob attack while the search is ongoing for the other suspects. He warned residents against taking the law into their hands, saying security has the capacity to pursue them.

“You stop beating these people because if we want to punish you, we have the whole brigade here in Arua, we have another brigade in Koboko. We can surround you and all these villages,” said Nasucha.

Martin Oroch, the Arua resident city commissioner, says they will not rest until all those who assaulted the officers are brought to book.

Four days ago, a Congolese national was reportedly knocked by a URA vehicle and died on the spot near Andelizu trading center in Vurra County in Arua district. The deceased’s body is still lying at Vurra customs after his relatives refused to pick it.

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