Lira police have launched a manhunt for a local businessman who allegedly went into hiding with more than six firearms.
According to police, Andrew Akena, a resident of Obutowelo ward in Lira West division, went into hiding on Tuesday after the police stormed his motor spare parts shop along Bala road in Lira city.
Akena is a renowned motorcycle and motor vehicle spare parts dealer in the northern Uganda city.
He was said to be in possession of an illegal pistol at the time the police raided his business premises.
However, the suspect fled to his home and reportedly picked other four pistols and one submachine gun before feeling into hiding.
From his house, the Police recovered an AK-47 rifle and 150 rounds of live ammunition.
Milton Odongo, the Lira Resident District Commissioner (RDC), says security received information indicating that the businessman was in possession of several illegal firearms that he was using to terrorize the community.
James Ekaju, the North Kyoga Region Police Spokesperson, says they have launched a manhunt for the suspect.
He decries the surge in the number of illegal firearms in the public domain and asks whoever is holding an illegal firearm to voluntarily surrender it to security before the long arm of the law catches up with him.