Police Officer Shot Dead By His Junior

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In short
The police officer in charge of Arapai Ginnery Police Post in Arapai Sub County in Soroti district was Sunday night shot dead by a junior officer.

The incident happened at around 8:30 pm at the police post.

Police Spokesperson East Kyoga Juma Hassan Nyene, confirmed the incident and identified the dead as Corporal George William Orukan, 45.

Nyene says that Orukan was shot dead by police constable Emmanuel Obbo, who is also attached to Arapai Ginnery Police Post.

It is said Obbo first shot at Emmanuel Opolot, a civilian who had gone to report a case of assault by the constable at a bar.

Obbo shot at the civilian as he was making a statement to the OC and later on, turned his gun on his boss killing him instantly.

Nyene says Obbo, who is on the run, is armed with an AK 47 rifle. If found, he faces charges of murder and attempted murder according to police.
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The body of corporal George William Orukan,  is lying in Soroti Regional Referral Hospital mortuary while the injured civilian Emmanuel Opolot, is admitted at the same hospital.

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Emmanuel Opolot narrates that he, together with friends were drinking at a bar when Obbo arrived at about 7:30 pm and grabbed all the drinking straws in the pot. Opolot said in the process, Obbo hit him several times and disappeared.

Opolot says he then went to the police post to report a case of assault and was directed to the office of the OC to record a statement.

Opolot says in the process, they saw Obbo running towards them with an AK 47 gun and then shot directly at him twice. The bullets hit him at the back, penetrating the body through the left chest.
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Orukan will
be buried at his ancestral home in Onino village, Angole Parish, Wera Sub County in Amuria district.


About the author

Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.