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UPDF corporal arrested for shooting 3 dead in Gulu

Corporal Geoffrey Okello, a Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) soldier has been arrested in relation to a shooting which claimed three lives in Gulu town on Monday evening.

Okello was arrested in the wee hours of Tuesday and is now detained at the 4th Division barracks in Gulu. Okello is accused of gunning down 52-year-old Beatrice Ajok, and her two sons; Dan Joakim Binyang aged 18, a senior six student at St. Pope John Paul II SS, and Owen Norman, 20. An 8-year-old child was also injured in the incident which happened at around 8:30 pm in Vanguard sub ward, Pece Division in Gulu Municipality.

Some of the eyewitnesses told URN that after the shooting, the suspect was seen fleeing the scene on a motorcycle to an unknown destination. It’s alleged that the suspect and the deceased's family had prolonged land wangles. He reportedly severally accused Ajok of grazing goats on his land. 

Maj Caesar Olweny, the UPDF 4th Division spokesperson says that Okello was arrested from Central Guard at the barracks where he had been deployed. Olweny told URN in an interview on Tuesday morning that ballistic experts were yet to examine the gun that was used by the suspect because the soldier’s ammunition was found intact.

Aswa River region police spokesperson Jimmy Patrick Okema told URN that the bodies of the deceased were still at Gulu regional referral hospital mortuary pending postmortem as investigations continue.

In 2018 Lance Corporal Geoffrey Odaga shot dead three people at a local bar in Kabedo-Opong trading centre in Bardege Division. He was tracked down, arrested and later court-martialed to 40 years in prison.

Similarly, in 2015, Lance Corporal Kennedy Okumu, 40, attached to the 29th Battalion was sentenced by UPDF 4th Division Court Martial to 45 years in prison for shooting dead a barmaid over Shs 1,000. 


0 #1 Lysol 2020-02-11 21:42
Aminism is not dead within those militias of the corrupt regime.
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0 #2 WADADA rogers 2020-02-12 10:50
Guns guns guns and guns, is it ill training, is it depression, is it dutch courage, lack of self control or something that no one has bothered to investigate.

At one time it is a police officer, then a security guard, Juma Seikwo, then a prisons officer or an army man.

I think the Government has to rethink who to give guns, otherwise this is becoming like a game. Not many people in Uganda can have discipline with a gun. The unfortunate bit is that many of the killings are always associated with women, many of them sluts
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0 #3 Lakwena 2020-02-12 13:56
But since these criminals knowing kill (execute) their victims using the gun, they should also be gunned down in a firing squad.

In other words, no sympathy for such cold-bloody criminals. The measure they give should be the measure they should get (Death Sentence).

As a taxpayer, I detest that for 45 years, my tax money should continue to be spent on: housing, guarding, feeding and sometimes treating a heartless person like Corporal Okello who kills over a strip of land; where his neighbor's innocent stray goats browse.
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0 #4 Funaya 2020-02-13 20:38
Why hasn't the gov't yet put a policy where soldiers do not leave the barracks with their guns. Such policies are in place in many countries.

Most of these soldiers are unprofessional, have anger management issues and dont deserve to come out to public places with guns. There should be a depository for guns when a soldier leave his station.
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