School Proprietor Arrested Over Death Of S.4 Candidate

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Stephen Opio Okabo, the proprietor of Good Choice Comprehensive School in Lira has been arrested for allegedly ordering the beating of a candidate, who later died in hospital.

Police in Lira district has arrested a private school proprietor and three students over the death of a senior four candidate.
Stephen Opio Okabo, the owner of Good Choice Comprehensive School was arrested over the weekend, following the death of Lameck Olem.

Police is investigating Okabo and the students for allegedly beating the victim, that led to his death.
The Central North Regional Police spokesperson, Manshur Suwed says the deceased was beaten and left unconscious. According to him, Olem died a few hours after he was rushed to hospital.
Thomson Obote, the Kichope village LC I where the school is situated, says the deceased was rushed to Lira regional referral hospital by well-wishers.
Olem was sent away from the school two weeks ago by the director for failing to clear fees, but re-appeared at the school on Friday.

The police report indicates that Okabo ordered the watchmen to arrest the student, before other students beat him up. Police says Okabo accused Olem of attempting to steal from the school.

He was arrested with three students including, James Omara. Other students arrested could not be identified as police says they are juveniles.

Police has preferred a murder charge against Okabo under CRB 545/2015 at Ojwina Central Police station.


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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.