There is heavy deployment of security personnel at the requiem service for Gen Paul Loketch, the fallen former Deputy Inspector General of Police.
The service that is underway at Paipir Primary school in Pader Town Council has attracted thousands of mourners from all walks of life. The mourners include government dignitaries, MPs from Acholi, top army, police and prison officials, family members, relatives and locals from within and outside the district.
The Former Church of Uganda Archbishop Rt Rev Henry Luke Orombi is expected to lead the service accompanied by various clergies from both the Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican Church of Uganda.
Joint security personnel comprising the Military police, Uganda People Defence Forces-UPDF, and Counter-Terrorism Police have been deployed in different parts of Pader town and at the venue of the funeral service.
On Thursday, a suspected terrorist was arrested in Pader Town Council for allegedly assembling bombs.
The suspect was arrested by security personnel from the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence at Atimikica Guest House. Inside his room, the security personnel recovered several bicycle ball bearings packed in a jacket, bulbs, electric wires, unknown powdery and liquid substance, a suspected detonator and a digital watch.
He has since been detained at Pader Central Police station while the police bomb squad have taken samples from the suspected bombs for analysis.
The Police Bomb Squad on Thursday evening also made a controlled detonation after a suspicious handbag was found abandoned in one of the restaurants in Pader Town council. The abandoned handbag which was later discovered to have no explosive material had reportedly been abandoned by an unidentified lady.
Gen Lokech will be buried later this afternoon at his home in Paipir Village in Luna Parish. Gen Lokech died on August 21 from his home in Kitikifumba zone in Kira Division, Wakiso District.