Two More Charged over Murder of Police Informer in Amuru

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Police over the weekend arrested two more people believed to be prime suspects in the gruesome murder of a police informer in Amuru district.  

Denis Okot and Bosco Obwoya were arrested from their hideout in Pabbo Sub County following a tip-off to police and are being held at Pabbo Police Station.  

They are accused of murdering Geoffrey Apuke, a resident of Guru Guru parish.

Apuke was found dead days after being confronted by the suspects on allegations that he was reporting their criminal activities to the police and disorganizing their plots.

Apuke`s body was on January 25th of 2021 found dumped along Otici junction with deep cuts on the knee, head, arms and neck.  

The whistle blowers told police that the two are part of the notorious criminal gangs dubbed ‘’Mapari-meni and Abud Squad’’ that have been terrorizing the areas of Lamogi Sub County over the years. 

The informers who cannot be named for security reasons said that the two were trying to flee to Apaa Township also in Amuru district. 

The Friday`s arrest brings to four the total number of people arrested in connection to the murder. 

The others are Richard Okello and Johnson Oryema who were arrested last week and remanded by court on murder charges. 

Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson said that the suspects have also been charged with murder and will be arraigned before court. 

Simon Onen Kapep, the security and Defense Secretary for Olwal Trading in Lamogi Sub County where the informer was murdered says that the youths numbering over 200 have caused panic and unrest among members of the community.  

He disclosed that several cases of housebreaks, waylaying, assault, defilement, rapes and robberies have been registered in the area and attributed to the criminal gangs where the two subscribes. 

Last week, the Amuru Resident District Commander Geoffrey Osborn Oceng convened a security meeting with local leaders and the community of Lamogi Sub County over the unbecoming behaviors of the criminal gangs. 

Atkinson Ojara, the Lamogi Sub County Chairperson says out caution and amidst fear by residents, movements especially within Olwal and Guru Guru Trading Centres have been restricted to 5 p.m in the evening for safety reasons.