Police in Aswa River region are holding three people suspected of having had a hand in the ritual murder of a 40-year-old man.
Robert Ojok Aganya was murdered about three days ago and his body was yesterday found near Oitino stream in Gulu district.
According to Aswa Region Police spokesperson Patrick Jimmy Okema, the three unnamed suspects were last seen with the deceased before he disappeared.
“They will help police with investigations,” said Okema.
The body of the deceased was found beheaded, his hair cut off and the tongue removed.
Police suspects the murderers wanted Ojok's body parts for ritual purposes.
The deceased was a resident of Oturo Oloya village in Bungatira sub-county, Gulu district.
He reportedly told his wife on the evening of January 27, 2018 that he was going for a dance at Ocuka trading centre in Bungatira sub-county.
Ojok, however, did not return home that night, prompting his wife to mount a search for him. When she failed, she alerted other family members and the police found his body 400 meters away from the stream.
This is the first such gruesome murder in Aswa region since the beginning of 2018.
Police ha taken the body for postmortem at Gulu regional referral hospital as his family arranges for burial.