16 arrested over Arua Church raid over Bishop’s grave


At least 16 people have been arrested and arraigned in court over the Thursday incident where a group of Christians raided church with the intention of evicting a bishop.

They accused the bishop of being an alien following the death of his predecessor who was the ‘son of the land’.

The suspects were picked among Thursday’s anti-bishop Sabino Odoki demonstrators, and have already been charged in court.

Unrest engulfed Ediofe Cathedral, the seat of Arua catholic diocese, after police on request of the prelate moved to evict parishioners who had kept vigil by the graveside of Bishop Emeritus Frederick Drandua since his burial three weeks ago.

Drandua was on September 7 interred inside Ediofe Cathedral, which is under renovation. Bishop Odoki had unsuccessfully tried to get the parishioners to leave to pave way for renovation works, until he resorted to police who acted overnight.

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