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Amolatar: Bangala mob kill fisherman aged 45 

(Last Updated On: 4 March 2024)

Amolatar | According to the North Kyoga Region, its territorial officers in Amolatar district are closely investigating the suspected murder by the mob of Okello Jasper, 45.

Okello was attacked and killed by a group of unidentified people from Bangala landing site, Amolatar.

SP Jimmy Patrick Okema, PRO of North Kyoga said preliminary findings indicate that Okello who was a fisherman and a resident of Ogwenyere cell, Barakwanga ward, Namasale sub-county in Amolatar district was beaten by a group of hungry mobs.

“The crime happened on March 2, 2024, from Pangani B cell, Kikondo parish, Namasale sub-county on allegations that he failed to tell them where Elilu Sam was.

“Elilu Sam is believed to be an informant for the Fishery Protection Unit, therefore they suspected that he informed the FPU, hence leading to the chasing of the fishermen from the Lake, causing their colleague Opio Denis to drown in the Lake on March 2, 2024.”

According to Okema, this annoyed the mob. “Therefore, they wanted to get Elilu Sam an informant with FPU but instead ended up beating Okello Jasper claiming he knows where Elilu is.

“Police was informed about this incident, and a team led by the OC Station responded to the scene on instructions of DPC. SOCO documented it, the deceased body was picked and conveyed to Amolatar Health Center IV for postmortem.

“The alleged body of Opio Denis who drowned has also been retrieved and quickly buried by the relatives without a postmortem report.

One suspect, Orec Samuel, 40, from Pangani village, Kikondo parish, Namasale sub-county who was arrested for illegal fishing by the Fishery Protection Unit was handed over to the Police at Amolatar CPS for further investigation.

“As Police, we strongly condemn this primitive approach by the community members of taking the law into their hands under the disguise of handling a matter.

“We appeal to the local leadership, Fishery Protection Unit team and the area Police commanders to continue engaging the community members on the dangers of illegal fishing and taking laws into their own hands,” added Okema.

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