By Nathan Eyagu
The Local Council V Chairperson of Bukedea district has been arrested for allegedly being an accomplice in the murder of a one Francis Opolot.
Olemkan Moses was arrested yesterday 2nd February 2022 on advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions and will be arraigned in court today 3rd February 2022.
Opolot Francis, a resident of Akonyuko village, Apaanga parish, Kachumbala Sub County in Bukedea district was murdered using a machete over land related issues on the 24th December, 2021.
STATEMENT ON THE ARREST OF THE LC V CHAIR PERSON OF BUKEDEA DISTRICT.
Today the 2nd day of February, 2022 police of East Kyoga arrested the LC5 of Bukedea Mr Olemkan Moses.
The arrest followed allegations by suspects in the murder of Opolot Francis that occurred on 24/12/2021, that the LC 5 is an accomplice in the Murder in question.
The office of DPP tasked Police to interrogate the LC 5 whereupon advice was issued to amend the charge sheet and produce him in court on charges of murder.
He is currently in Police custody pending arraignment before courts of law tomorrow 3rd February 2022.
We shall update you of any further developments.
ASP Ageca Oscar Gregory
PRO East Kyoga
BACKGROUND POLICE STATEMENT ON THE MURDER
On Saturday the 25th day of December 2021 in Akunyuko village, Apaang parish, Kachumbala Sub County, Bukedea district, unknown person dressed in black jacket armed with a panga found one Mr. Opolot Francis a male adult 50yrs old Etesot seated in his compound and proceeded to cut Mr. Opolot on the back, neck and the jaw after which they ran away and a case has been registered vide Bukedea SD: ref. 35/25/12/2021.
The Uganda Police of the Territorial jurisdiction of Bukedea visited the scene under leadership of the DPC together with crime intelligence, detectives and other officers attached to CPS Bukedea.
Mr. Opolot consequently passed on the morning of this 26th day of December 2021 at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital where he had been rushed for medical attention.
We thus ask and request any individual with information to furnish the Uganda Police Force with the same that may lead to the apprehension of an individual or individuals connected with this crime, as inquiries continue into this Murder.
Asp Ageca Oscar Gregory
PRO East Kyoga
Consequently seven suspects were arrested including Michael Ojakol and Joseph Okwalinga who both died in police cells. Ojakol was reported by police to have committed suicide inside the police cells.
Local leaders including Olemkan demanded an independent autopsy of the bodies. The autopsy was done and the two suspects were found to have been tortured.