Gulu municipal deputy town clerk hacked to death

Oola’s body is removed from the mortuary refrigerator for post-mortem. Ronnie Layoo.

GULU. Police in Gulu are investigating the circumstances under which Gulu municipal deputy town clerk John Omona Oola was hacked to death last night.

A security source who spoke to our reporter minutes after Oola was confirmed dead said the attackers ambushed the deceased after he had dropped a female friend at around 2am near Action Aid offices in Bardege Division.

The assailants pulled Oola from his car strangled him and also used a sharp metallic object to bludgeon him, the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.

Police today picked up the woman the deceased had dropped home to assist with investigations into the killing. She is currently detained at Gulu Central Police Station.

Police are also looking into questioning the husband of the woman as part of investigations into the possibility that the killing could have been a crime of passion or work-related.

The killing of Oola comes at a time the family was still coming to terms with the loss of Thomas Opira, divorced husband of Omoro Woman MP Catherine Lamwaka.

Oola was assailed while returning from a family meeting that discussed burial arrangements for  Opira.

A tearful Retired Bishop Onon Onweng, speaking from the scene of crime, called for calm, interceding that those  the killers of Oola should be forgiven “just like God left Cain but with a mark on his fore head for killing his brothers and this is because he wants such gruesome murderers to repent.”

The retired bishop criticized security agencies in Gulu, saying they are not doing enough to check criminality in the district.

Gulu Municipality MP Lyandro Komakech the killing was deplorable and called on Police to get to the bottom of the matter.

“I had a meeting with the commanders of Police Flying Squad this morning at they pledged to pacify the district as iron bar hit men are threatening to cause fear among the local community,” the legislator said.

Komakech said area leaders would work to find out the motives of the killings since most of the victims never lose any personal effects during the criminality.




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