NEBBI: Police in Nebbi district have cautioned the residents against taking the law into their own hands following the death of a man suspected to be a traditional herbalist at Erusi trading centre.

The deceased, a resident of Parombo Town Board was suspected to have been a motorcycle thief after he was killed and his body dumped at Erusi Trading Centre on Tuesday. Police are now investigating the circumstances that led to his death.

Ms Julian Nankunda, the officer in charge of crime at Nebbi Central Police Station said the post-mortem report showed that the deceased, identified as Ali Muzamil was hit on the head several times with a stone before he died.

"We have not arrested anybody in relation to the murder but people should avoid taking the law into their hands," she noted.

The body of the deceased was later, handed over to his relatives and taken for burial in Budaka district.

This comes barely 4 months after a suspected car thief was lynched to death in Nebbi town on suspicion of stealing a car from Parombo.

Nankunda said people have taken it upon themselves to kill suspected thieves due to the fact that most of them are released after serving their prison sentences and start stealing again.

"Just a month ago, two suspected motorcycle thieves survived being killed in Nebbi town after they were found with it, they only survived because police arrived on time," she added

Meanwhile police last night fired live bullets in the air to disperse suspected thieves who tried to break into a shop along Oringi Road in Nebbi Town.

One suspect aged 32 and a resident of Openo Cell in Nebbi Municipality was arrested and is being held at Nebbi Central Police Station.