Another Child Killed by Wall in Lira Police Barracks

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Manshur Suwed, the Central North regional police spokesperson says the deceased was playing on the verandah when the wall collapsed and injured him critically.

A minor has died after being hit by a wall of a dilapidated building in Lira police barracks. 12-year-old Jacob Adoko, a son to Asistant Inspector of Police Moses Odongo died while being rushed to Lacor hospital on Sunday morning shortly after the incident. Manshur Suwed, the Central North regional police spokesperson says the deceased was playing on the verandah when the wall collapsed and injured him critically.

Moses Odongo, the father Adoko says his son was hit on the fore head at around 8:00am. He explains that they rushed to the deceased to Lira referral hospital, which referred him to Lacor hospital in Gulu district when his condition worsened for better management of his case. Odongo says his son breathed his last at Corner Aboke along Lira-Gulu highway.
 
The Cop told URN that he is devastated by the death of his son because he had all his hopes in him. Last year, another child to a cop was killed under similar circumstances in Lira police barracks. Most of the buildings in Lira police barracks were built during the colonial administration and have never been rehabilitated over time.
 
Majority of police personnel in this barracks just like many others across the country, live under deplorable conditions.  Lira police barracks is home to more than 150 Cops. However, the senior cops at the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police-ASP live in relatively better houses that were renovated two years ago.

 

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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.