NEBBI. Police in Nebbi is holding five suspects who were on Tuesday night intercepted with stolen cows as they approached Nebbi town.

The suspects, names withheld, are all residents of Onzivu village, Oluku Sub County, Arua district.

The district police commander Mr Justus Toshobya said they got information about the suspected movement of cows from vigilant residents and laid an ambush to arrest and impounded the super custom vehicle which was carrying 5 cows.

Van 20 03 19The super custom van the suspects were using to transport the suspected stolen cows.

Tashobya said the suspects claimed they were only transporters ferrying the animals for sale for the real owners in Arua.

Three counts of theft, violation of animal rights and movement of animals without permits have been preferred against the suspects as they wait to be produced in court.

According to the officer in charge of criminal investigations at Nebbi central police station, Mr Lemmy Okaba, a similar incident occurred last year in Kucwiny Sub County where suspected animal thieves were lynched at night by community members.

“These cases of animal theft are common especially in Alwi, Kucwiny, Pakwach sub-county, Parombo, and Nyaravur but the cases are not just being reported” he added.

He urged the communities to be vigilant enough and work together with authorities so that cases of theft and mob action can be minimised.

But as police hold the suspects and prepare to produce them in court, the delay in the owners of the animals to report to the police and make claims to their animals has complicated matters.