Embattled acting Gulu District Police Commander (DPC) ASP Joseph Ayiki has been sacked from the commanding docket, a day after being shot and injured by a private security guard.
Ayiki sustained gunshot wounds during a scuffle at TAKS (Through Arts Keep Smiling) Center, a Gulu based daytime recreation centre on Tuesday night after he allegedly attempted to take out a chair from the centre.
He remains hospitalized at St Mary's hospital Lacor where he underwent a minor surgery. On Thursday afternoon, the Police Professional Standard Unit (PSU) convened an emergency meeting chaired by Detective Superintendent of Police Osteen Wilber Wanyama, who is acting as Regional Police Commander for Aswa river region, to review circumstances that led to the 3am incident.
The meeting took place at the PSU branch at Aswa police headquarters in Gulu district. A source who attended the meeting said Wanyama announced the news of Ayiki's sacking to police management in the region.
The meeting decided that ASP John Bosco Nyangkol; the OC in charge of operations at Gulu Central Police Station assumes the office of the DPC with immediate effect while AIP Peter Susu was assigned the office of OC Operations. Inspector of Police Moses Ogwang replaces ASP Nyangkol as acting OC Station.
ASP Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa spokesperson confirmed the changes to URN saying it aims at filling gap created by ASP Ayiki's sickness. Police spokesperson Emilian Kayima added that the move is to prevent gaps in the command chain and management of Police in Gulu district.
Circumstances surrounding the shooting of ASP Joseph Ayiki remain a subject of investigation and public discussion in Gulu district.