The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) has arrested one of their own following the death of their comrade, L/ Cpl John Aniko.
Maj Telesphor Turyamumanya, the UPDF 4th Division army spokesperson said the suspect whose name could not be revealed for fear of jeopardising investigations is being held in the barracks of the 4th Division headquarters in Gulu city to help in investigations.
Aniko was stabbed to death in the abdomen and neck in the wee hours of Friday August 28, 2020, at Lebngec Upper Village in Lungulu Sub-county, Nwoya District.
The fallen soldier was attacked on his way back home and passed on at around 9am due to profuse bleeding.
Following up the matter, it was discovered that one of the guns was missing from his house belonging to the Nwoya district NRM chairperson for who he was guarding her farm.
Maj Turyamumanya said the army is investigating circumstances what led to the murder of the soldier and how the gun went missing.
Maj Turyamumanya said investigations will be extended to the residents neighbouring the scene of crime.
“The suspect is being held to help lead us into the matter itself and we intend to proceed to the surrounding locals that shall also be investigated. At the moment that’s the only information we have at hand otherwise we can’t divulge much for security purposes,” said Maj Turyamumanya.
The army officer said the incident was planned.
“It is very unfortunate since the deceased was on duty. I am pretty sure this was a planned move that needs to be investigated deeply.
By the time of this publication, the deceased’s body was still laying in the barracks of the UPDF’s 4th Division mortuary pending to be transported to Hoima-the deceased’s home area for burial.
In his statement, the suspect said he was away attending to his sick wife at the time of incident.
The Nwoya District Police Commander, Filbert Waibi, said no any other arrest had been made by press time.
“As of now, investigations carried out by both the police and the UPDF are ongoing in the area and we hope it will bear helpful results” Mr Waibi told Kazi-njema News.
Article 188 of the Penal Code Act states that any person who of malice aforethought causes the death of another person by an unlawful act or omission commits murder and shall be sentenced to death.