Kole: 24-year-old Police officer held over murder

(Last Updated On: 27 February 2024)

Kole I The territorial Police in Kole district have in custody their own, PPC Mugisa Eliot, 24, attached to Alemi Police Post in Kole district.

The 24-year-old was arrested on an allegation of shooting dead Obura Daniel, 28, from Bala Town Council.

The incident occurred on February 26, 2024, at around 1:44 pm.

It’s alleged that on the above date at around 12:44 pm, D/CPL Katongole Mathias, PC Mama Emmanuel and PPC Mugisa Eliot booked out from Alemi Police post to effect an arrest of a suspect identified as Angole Daniel Abii.

Abii was facing an allegation of assault registered at Alemi Police post vide SD reference 06/14/08/2023.

In a statement, North Kyoga Region PRO, SP Jimmy Okema, said the intelligence report indicates that the suspect was among the people who were moving with cows to Agege village, Bala sub-county in Kole district to pay dowry.

“The team was later intercepted on the way. However, in the process of handcuffing the suspect by a Police officer, the deceased resisted the arrest and held him badly with the intention of disarming him. Immediately, PPC Mugisa Eliot cocked his gun,” said SP Okema.

“The deceased again left the other Police officer and confronted PPC Mugisa Eliot with a stick and grabbed him. In the process of struggling, a bullet went off and hit the deceased who died on the spot.

A Death Enquiry File vibe 001/2024 was registered at Kole CPS to investigate the circumstances under which PPC Mugisa Eliot released the bullet that killed Obura Daniel Abii, according to the PRO.

Statements were recorded from relevant witnesses, Okema revealed, adding, “The officer who allegedly shot the deceased was arrested and detained at Kole CPS. Meanwhile, the suspect in an assault case, Angole Daniel Abii was also arrested and detained at Kole CPS.

The deceased body was picked up and conveyed to Lira Regional Referral Hospital’s mortuary pending postmortem.

“Shortly when members of the public learnt that the officer was detained briefly at Bala Police station, they went and attacked Bala Police station with the intention to kill the officer.

“However, a team of Police officers led by DPC Kole responded with re-enforcement of the Field Force Unit from North Kyoga Region dispersed the riotous crowd and rescued the Police officers from Bala Police station and quickly whisked them to Kole CPS for further investigation.

“We regret the unfortunate incident and call for calmness from the relatives, friends and the general members of the public as the investigation has started.

“We also appeal to members of the public to respect the police officers while on duty and restraint themselves from intentions to attack,” Okema said on Monday.

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