TEREGO. The officer in charge of Arua field force unit of police, Ms Margaret Ndaru has cautioned the youths in Terego district against drug abuse which she says influences their behaviors negatively towards committing crime.

Ms Ndaru was speaking on Thursday at Katrini sub-county during the burial of Stephen Buni, a 25-year-old resident of Oninia village, Onzoro parish.

The deceased was reportedly murdered after being assaulted by a group of youths who were reported to have acted under the influence of drugs.

“I have seen the consumption of alcohol, Mairungi and opium escalating indiscipline cases among the youths who are now taking the law into their hands. They don’t know how their actions disunite communities,” Ms Ndaru lamented.

According to the paternal uncle of the deceased, Mr Patrick Acile, his son died on Tuesday due to injuries sustained when he was assaulted together with his other friends by a group of nine people at Wandi trading center on Sunday.

Acile says two of the suspects were identified by the deceased before he died.

“The deceased returned home on his own but on Tuesday, his condition worsened and he eventually collapsed. When we rushed him to Oriajini hospital he was pronounced dead before receiving any treatment,” Mr. Acile narrated.

The acting Terego resident district commissioner (RDC), Mr Stephen Eryau condemned the act and called for calm among the members of the community.

“Talking to your children will avoid repetition of this type of murder. We need the suspects to face justice and inform us secretly using the telephone contacts we have given so that we can arrest such criminals,” Mr Eryau said.

According to Ms Agnes Aanyu, the Terego district police commander (DPC), there is need for parents and other stakeholders in the area to discipline their children because the youths at Wandi trading center are slowly running out of hand.

“Take time to know where your children are. When we always come for patrols here in Wandi, it is stones that welcome us and it is our youths pelting us in the process,” Aanyu regretted.

Ms Aanyu said those who killed the deceased will be dealt with lawfully and appealed for calm after relatives of the deceased confiscated several animals and property from the family of the suspects.

Relatives of late Buni confiscated 6 herds of cattle, 70 goats, 8 sheep, 4 pigs, 7 ducks and 9 chicken which were later returned to the owners after police intervention.