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Police prefers attempted murder charge on security guard who shot Gulu DPC

Aswa Police Public Relation Officer Patrick Jimmy Okema speaks at a recent press briefing. Courtesy photo.

GULU— David Olanya, an employee of Exposs security organization, is set to face attempted murder charge for shooting acting Gulu DPC ASP Joseph Ayiki from TAKS Centre in Gulu town last week.

The 28-year-old reportedly shot the acting DPC of Gulu district on November 29 at about 3am. It is alleged that Ayiki climbed over the fence and was picking chairs and table at the famous recreation centre.

Ayiki during an interview a local newspaper yesterday denied the allegation that he jumped over the fence, saying he opened the gate and entered TAKS Centre.

“It is not true that I climbed over the fence. First of all, there is no proper wall at the TAKS Centre. The place has Bamboo trees that one cannot climb over. I had gone to pick up a friend so that we go together to attend a wedding meeting,” Ayiki narrated from his hospital bed.

In the same interview, Ayiki noted that he had gone to TAKS centre to meet his friend, the DPC of Adjumani district, but after entering TAKS, he tried calling his friend’s number only to discover that his phone had run out of airtime.

He added that on walking back through the gate, he saw a security guard who ordered him to sit down, something he did albeit grudgingly.

Ayiki claims Olanya didn’t give him chance to explain himself but just surprised him with a bullet on his thigh.

Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa police spokesperson, on Thursday confirmed the preferred charge on Olanya and said both Olanya, ASP Ayiki and the supervisor of Exposs security organization, Odur Mashal, have already recorded statements in the preliminary investigation and the file is ready for court.

Okema refuted the rumours spreading about the sacking of the acting DPC, saying such rumours are malicious and aimed at spoiling the reputation of the officer.

He advised the public to wait for the conclusion of investigations.

“I cannot discuss everything with the public. Let’s wait for the court proceedings,” Okema noted.
Nonetheless, ASP Ayiki is still nursing wounds at St. Mary’s Hospital Lacor but he is in a stable condition and able to walk with a stick according to the police spokesman.

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