More than four guns with at least 300 rounds of live ammunition have have disappeared from Agoro Police Post in Agoro Sub-county, Lamwo District, according to security officials.
The guns are said to have been stolen armoury by unknown people while police officers were on guard.
The Lamwo Resident District Commissioner, Mr Jonathan Rutabingwa confirmed that the incident indeed place stating that three of the stolen guns were submachine guns (SMG) and one PK general-purpose machine gun.
“The loss of these guns is a big problem to us (security officials) and the locals. The guns are out there and we are not sure of the people possessing them or whether they will be used for something wrong,” Mr Rutabingwa said.
Police officers were left speechless after discovering that the firearms were missing and there developed a quarrel between officers overs the incident.
“The officer-in-charge of the police post had just spent a few days after being posted here when she got in trouble with another police officer deployed at the station. They never got along very well, all the time they were quarrelling and his junior kept on promising something bad will happen at the police post,” one police officer at Agoro police post said.
At least four police officers from the station have been arrested and detained at Lamwo Central Police Station to help in investigation.
The residents are now living in fear of possible attacks on them after discovering that the firearms went missing.
“This area has been a hotspot for cattle rustlers who cross from South Sudan and terrorise locals, we don’t know whether these stolen guns have ended up in their hands or not,” Agoro sub county LC 3 chairman Denis Onyon said.
Mr Rutabingwa said the security in the area has been beefed as the search for the missing guns continues.
“The UPDF and Police have been deployed on the ground to guard the people and also look out for where the guns could have been taken. Checks have been carried in the nearby bushes but there is no trace of the guns yet,” he said.