Security Forces Cordon Off Ediofe Trading Centre

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ohn Bayom a retail shop owner in the trading center says he has lost more than 100 thousand Shillings from the time police forced them to close shops.

Business has ground to a halt in Ediofe trading center in Arua municipality as rioters engage security in running battles. Patrol units comprising of Officers from the Field Force Unit and soldiers from the 409 brigade have taken over the area.

Trouble started last night after a group of Christians stormed Ediofe Cathedral in an attempted raid on the home of Rt. Rev. Sabino Ocan Odoki, the Bishop of Arua Diocese. They were repulsed by both the military and army personnel deployed to guard the Bishop.

The group retreated to the junction at Ediofe trading center, where they continued engaging the officers in running battled. As a result, security decided to condone off the trading center forcing traders to abandon their shops. Police has also restricted access to Arua Central Police Station.

The officers are using batons, sticks, teargas and live bullets to disperse the rioting crowds. The decision of police to cordon off Ediofe trading center area has angered residents. Mary Avako, a vegetable vendor at ten market, says the action of police is in bad faith. She says many people who had gone to the market had nothing to do with the riots.

According to Avako, she has bought vegetables for sale before she was dispersed has nowhere to sell them since all the customers were chased away. John Bayom a retail shop owner in the trading center says he has lost more than 100 thousand Shillings from the time police forced them to close shops.

He says most of his customers normally come in the morning and evening hours. At total of 23 people have been arrested and taken to court. The court premises have also been cordoned off.

 

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Franklin Ezaruku Draku
Franklin Draku has been a journalist since 2004. In his 12 years of practice, Draku can say he has covered all the journalism beats that exist.

A Uganda Radio Network (URN) staff member since 2010, Draku is based in Arua. This is his second tour of duty in this area. Draku was URN's main education and environment journalist in Kampala for two years 2014 to 2016.

A Kyambogo University graduate, Draku first worked with Arua district based Radio Pacis in 2004. At the station, he was a production assistant, reporter, producer, and then talk show host. In 2008, he joined Transnile Broadcasting Service for a year.

Draku reports intensively on education, tourism, environment and local government. He has twice been a runner up for the National Journalism Awards in 2013 and in 2014.