JINJA, UGANDA: Kiira region police together with her sister security forces have commenced investigations into the murder and attempted murder of private security guards attached to Security Group Africa (SGA) which occurred when assailants raided a petrol station in Jinja.
Police identified the guards as James Peter Okoboi, 22, who succumbed to injuries a few hours after reaching hospital, and Issac Olupot, still surviving with gun wounds. The victims are both born of Agule sub-county, Pallisa district and were on lawful guard duties at Stabex petrol station located along Jinja- Iganga highway around Mailo Mbiri in Jinja city.
Kiira region police Spokesperson ASP James Mubi says that police preliminary investigations indicates that the suspected murderers were traveling in a blue trailer moving from side of Kampala heading to Busia side.
”Our findings shows that the perpetrators were moving from Kampala side heading to Busia side,” Mubi said.
The incident occurred at around 2am on Thursday October 7, when the assailants opened up fire against the guards and ran away with three millions, according to police.
”This incident occurred today at 2am when the assailants opened up fire against the guards and ran away with three million Uganda shillings,” Mubi added.
Police rushed the victims to Jinja regional referral hospital, however, James Peter Okoboi succumbed to gun wounds at around 5am and Isaac Olupot is responding to treatment at the same facility.
”We managed to reach the scene of crime and took the victims to hospital but unfortunately James Peter Okoboi succumbed to gun wounds. The other Isaac Olupot is getting treatment at the facility and so far doing well,” Mubi said.
Kiira Region police has since recovered two guns belonging to the security guards who were attacked in line of duty and ten cartridges were also recovered.
”The two guns that security guards were using have been recovered as well, that is Pump Action UG PSO MV 8674G 02729 and SHE gun UG POL 13284648 103173, ten cartridges have been recovered at the scene,” ASP Mubi confirmed.
Mubi appealed to the general public to avail police with any relevant information regarding what happened, for police to easily expedite arrest and prosecution of the suspects.
He [Mubi] also advised security guards and fuel station owners to always be vigilant and report any suspected criminal incident for quick management.
”We want to urge security guards and petrol station bosses to always be vigilant and report any kind of suspected criminal act for quick response. You also need to be suspicious of all people parking even though they are driving posh cars,” he said.