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Police Commanders Asked to Restrain Juniors Beating Civilians

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The Inspector General of Police Martin Ochola has asked police commanders to restrain their juniors from torturing people in the process of enforcing presidential directives on controlling the spread of COVID-19.

The calls come in the wake of images showing security personnel whipping civilians who have reportedly defied directives against restrictions on public transport, gathering in bars, churches, mosques and markets.

In Latanya and Pajule Sub Counties in Pader district reports also emerged that security personnel looted items from shops.

Ouma Kenneth, a trader at Amoko Okwele trading center, claims he lost and later recovered his 300,000shillings that was robbed from him by a soldier.

Now, Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga said commanders have been asked to always brief their personnel as they go for operations, adding that all commanders will be held responsible for the actions of their juniors.

More than 400 people have been arrested since the issuance of the directives.

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