By our Reporter.
Unknown thugs have made away with three lightning arresters from two schools in Amuru district. The affected are Keyo and Tekibur Primary Schools, both in Lamogi Sub County in Kilak South Constituency.
Patrick Okello, the Head teacher Tekibur Primary School told our reporter on Sunday that they were shocked to discover last week that the lightning arrester installed on the building housing the primary one, two, three and four classes was missing. He says another lightning arrester installed on the staffroom was also vandalized. He says they reported a case of theft to Awer police post for investigations. The school watchman identified as Juma Saidi recorded a statement and was released on bond.
At Keyo Primary School two lightning arresters were also stolen from last week.
Michael Lakony, the Amuru district chairperson, says a case was reported to Awer police post under SD Ref: 07/22/09/2019. Lakony says the theft of the lightning arresters from the two schools has raised fear about the safety of the pupils.
He says the district has asked police to expedite investigation and apprehend those behind the theft.
According to Lakony, they spent Shillings 700,000 to install each lightning arrester to protect the lives of leaners from lightning strike.
Gilbert Olanya, the Kilak South Member of Parliament told our reporter on Sunday that it is unfortunate for thugs to expose the lives of learners at risk.
Olanya has called for vigilance from community members to guarantee security for school property.
Similar cases were recorded in Omoro district last month where unknown people stole one lightning arrester from Koch Ongako Primary School, two from Kweyo Primary school and four from Lamintoo Primary School.
The Northern Uganda Media Club (NUMEC) office in Gulu was also targeted. Gulu Central Police Station is investigating the theft vie SD Ref: 46/23/09/2019. Charles Akena, the NUMEC Administrator told our reporter that the unknown persons dismantled their lightning arrester and vanished with it.
John Bosco Nyangkol, the Officer in-charge of Gulu Central Police Station told our reporter that there is reportedly an organized group of people stealing lightning arresters for unidentified reason.