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Lira businessman Ogwang shoots dead own son

Hajji Joe Ogwang allegedly shot dead his own son

Hajji Joe Ogwang allegedly shot dead his own son

A prominent businessman in Lira city, northern Uganda has been arrested for allegedly shooting his son dead.

Hajji Joe Ogwang, a resident of Ireda Estate is accused of killing his son, Aaron Okello, during a heated altercation at Tipper stage in Kamuswahili Cell on Tuesday. The incident occurred while Ogwang was conducting his daily business. Reports suggest that a confrontation arose when Okello demanded money from Ogwang.

This led to a struggle in which Okello attempted to disarm his father, prompting him to fire a bullet that fatally injured his son. Okello was rushed to Lira Medical Center but was pronounced dead upon arrival. Ogwang voluntarily surrendered to the Lira central police station. 

North Kyoga police spokesperson Patrick Jimmy Okema revealed that preliminary findings indicate that Okello was a UPDF deserter with a history of violence. Additionally, a pistol no UG IND 99702870, along with 5 rounds of ammunition, was recovered.

"The gun which was allegedly used in the shooting has been recovered with five rounds of ammunition and exhibited. We're yet whether the suspect acquired the pistol legally through the license that he will present to us," said Okema.

The deceased's body is lying at Lira regional referral hospital's mortuary pending a postmortem examination. In a surprising turn, numerous city residents took to social media advocating for Ogwang's immediate release, asserting that his actions prevented violent crimes in the city.

They claimed the deceased had masterminded criminal activities, especially in areas like Central Park and Ireda Shamba. The deceased’s former schoolmate described him as a "violent person" who frequently engaged in physical altercations, even with school authorities. 

“I shared the same class with Okello. Nigger was possessed with fighting; he would fight students, cooks, askaris, teachers, and anyone who comes his way. When he was dismissed from school at the assembly, he went in front to receive his expulsion letter and immediately tore it right there in the presence of everyone and majestically matched out of the gate in peace. Nigger was a legend!’ he said.     

Nancy Abeja, a hotel owner near Tipper Stage, recounted instances where the deceased had troubled his father and harassed city residents at night. However, Abeja criticized the father for taking the law into his own hands.


+3 #1 Emokori Elias 2023-11-23 09:48
You demand money from your father he refuses and you fight him.

No one deserves to die because of such but just fighting your parents is plain stupid. It would have equally been sad to see Okello beating his father in this social media of ours.
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+1 #2 Wante Martino 2023-11-24 09:27
Violent or not, that does NOT give some one power to kill, that is a Crime that deserves Justice!
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0 #3 James Mukwaya 2023-11-24 23:11
The father should plead self defense
"Nigger" was dangerous to the community
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0 #4 kasede 2023-11-25 14:00
Quoting Wante Martino:
Violent or not, that does NOT give some one power to kill, that is a Crime that deserves Justice!

That boy was terrorizing people in and around Lira. As per Lango "mac nyalo buru" priciple, it is the responsibility of his clan to get rid off the problem (on behalf of the community - a self-policing system). [Presumeably that father did what he did in that conext]. Any Lango out there, please have your say.
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