EC Official abducted and killed in Gulu

GULU, UGANDA: Police in Northern Uganda are investigating the death of Richardson Tabu, a former secretary of the Independent Electoral Commission (EC), in Gulu City.

The deceased has been a resident of Opwoyomal Village, Laroo Division in Gulu City.

According to reports, Tabu,33, went missing on January 8, 2021, shortly after he left office, only to be found dead in Forest ward, Laroo-Pece Division in Gulu City, close to two weeks after he went missing.

Sources told the Daily Express that Tabu could have been kidnapped by unknown assailants before he was killed.

Amid several announcements of a missing person, on January 15, Tabu’s body was found at Laroo Forest, Gulu East City.

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A postmortem conducted by police surgeon indicates that toxic substances destroyed his vital organs.

However, it is not clear if he ingested the chemical. Grace Davis Pande, the Officer-In-Charge of Criminal Investigations Department at Gulu Central Police Station said there were no external injuries found on the body of the victim.

The mother of the deceased, Ms Judith Acan Owili, 60, has demanded for justice over her son’s killing.

“My son disappeared and only appeared dead. I am so heartbroken but my humble request is to help and investigate this matter. The people who killed my son must be brought to book,” Ms Owili said.

The deceased’s colleague, Mr Ronald Agaba, said Tabu was an honest and friendly person, who held no grudges.

“The deceased had just returned from EC headquarters for an induction for the current position as secretary of electoral commission,” Mr Agaba said.

According to Benson Obete, the Gulu District Registrar Electoral Commission (EC), Tabu will be buried on Saturday January 23, 2021 at their ancestral home in Lakwele-Okato village, Mucwini Sub County in Kitgum District.

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