Nine arrested for torching down seven huts in revenge over death in Nwoya

Nwoya police have in detention nine people after seven grass-thatched huts were yesterday (Thursday) torched down at Obul Village in Orum Parish, Lii Sub-county to avenge their dead woman relative.

On Wednesday, Rose Ajok, 45, died at St Mary’s Hospital, Lacor in Gulu City after ingesting poison, according to a report, over yet to be known reasons.

Mr Simon Okwigi Ongom, the Lii Sub-county Chairman, said trouble began immediately after the body was taken home and the medic who conducted postmortem refused to hand out the report in public insisting that he had to submit it to the police contrary to the demand of the bereaved family members.

This angered the bereaved family members who ran amok claiming that that medic was bribed and their relative was killed. At around 3pm, the relatives who had gone berserk set huts ablaze and looted cows belonging to the relative of the husband to the deceased claiming that he killed Ajok.

Audio: Ongom on violence (English)
Audio: Ongom on violence (Luo)

Such a scenario coerced the police to intervene and fired live bullets into the air to disperse the rowdy relatives, made arrests and also recovered the cows that had been looted before the situation normalised.

Mr Kenneth Agaba, the officer in charge of Nwoya police station told our reporter that nine people including Joe Ojara Bodo, Innocent Ojok, Christopher Okello, Beatrice Akell, Cossy  Agenorwot, Vicky Alimogum, Prossy Apiyo, Sharon Akello and Beatrice Amarwot were arrested.

The police officer said the nine suspects will be arraigned before court to defend themselves against charges of arson preferred against them.

The law

Article 329 of the Penal Code Act states that any person who willfully and unlawfully sets fire to or otherwise destroys or damages a building or any properties, commits a felony and is liable to imprisonment for seven years.

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