Panic as police arrest man with cocked gun at Paimol martyr’s shrine

Clergies leads prayer during the celebration in Wipolo, Paimol in Agago district. Photo by David Okema.

AGAGO— Police intercepted a man with a cocked pistol at the entrance of martyrdom prayer at Wipolo in Paimol sub-county Agago district.

Peter Odyek, a businessman and a resident of Aber division, in Lira town was intercepted by security personnel on October 19 at the checkpoint as he tried to beat the security into the prayer venue with a cocked star pistol.

Jimmy Patrick Okema, a police spokesman of Aswa river region, said Odyek tried to beat the security but the metal detector at the check point made an alarm prompting the security personnel manning the entrance to subject him to a thorough check. They found a cocked pistol in his waist with 13 rounds of ammunition.

Okema said Aswa police has liaised with Lira police, investigated and found out that the Star pistol registration number UG007549 was legally acquired.

“We found out that he acquired the pistol through the normal procedure under the law but we want to know why the pistol was cocked?” Okema emphasizes.

Okema said Odyek was released after a brief detention but his pistol was confiscated by police. He added that Odyek is expected to appear at police regional head office in Gulu for questioning.

Over 8,000 pilgrims turned up for the annual celebration of Catholic Martyrs Catechists from Paimol; Blessed Daudi Okello and Blessed Jildo Irwa who were killed in 1918 and were beatified by John Paul II on October 20, 2002



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