Gun missing after a policeman attached to EC Otuke hit by unknown thugs 

(Last Updated On: 19 September 2023)

Otuke | The territorial police in Otuke district have started investigations to recover gun No. 563617800. 

Preliminary findings indicate that the said gun was forcefully taken away from Police Constable, Paul Oculi, No. 47852 on the night of September 16th and 17th, 2023. Oculi was on guard duty.

The incident was reported to the Police by Dorcus Okomo, a 37-year-old secretary to the Electoral Commission in Otuke District.

It’s alleged that at an unknown time during the night between September 16th and 17th, 2023, unidentified thugs attacked and injured Police Constable Oculi Paul at his post at the Electoral Commission offices in Otuke District.

Findings also indicate that the suspects hit PC Oculi with a blunt object on the right side of his head, rendering him unconscious with deep injuries, and his gun was subsequently taken.

“A team of police officers led by the DPC Otuke immediately rushed to the scene upon receiving this information. They cordoned off the area, transported the victim to Orum Health Center IV for treatment, and initiated an investigation,” SP Jimmy Patrick Okema, the PRO North Kyoga said. 

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According to additional statements issued by SP Jimmy Patrick Okema, statements have been recorded from officials of the Electoral Commission and others as canine services were introduced at the scene to support the investigation process.

Meanwhile, CPL Samuel Okengo, No. 50658 who was equally deployed with PC Oculi, is now under detention to assist with the investigation as he has been charged with neglect of duty.

Okema has also confirmed that a team from the flying squad has also been dispatched to support the territorial command in tracking down the suspects as they investigate the motives of the assailants.

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“We appeal to members of the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious persons with illegal possession of a gun to the police for arrest and possible prosecution before the court of law,” said SP Okema.

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