City businessman shoots son dead in heated altercation

Lira, (UG): A prominent businessman in Lira City, Northern Uganda has been arrested for allegedly shooting his son dead after a heated altercation.

Haji Joe Ogwang, a resident of Ireda Estate in Lira City East Division shot his son Aaron Okello, during a heated argument at Tipper stage in Kamuswahili Cell on Tuesday.

Preliminary reports suggest that a confrontation arose when Okello demanded money from Ogwang. This led to a struggle in which Okello attempted to disarm his father, prompting him to fire a bullet that fatally injured his son.

Okello was rushed to Lira Medical Center but was pronounced dead upon arrival. Ogwang voluntarily surrendered to the Lira-City central police station.

Jimmy Patrick Okema, the North Kyoga Police Spokesperson, revealed preliminary findings indicating that Okello was a UPDF deserter with a history of violence.

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Additionally, a Pistol No UG IND 99702870, along with 5 rounds of ammunition, was recovered.

The deceased’s body is lying at Lira Regional Referral Hospital’s mortuary pending a postmortem examination. In a surprising turn, numerous city residents took to social media advocating for Ogwang’s immediate release, asserting that his actions prevented violent crimes in the city.

They claimed the deceased had masterminded criminal activities, especially in areas like Central Park and Ireda Shamba.

The deceased’s former schoolmate described him as a “violent person” who frequently engaged in physical altercations, even with school authorities.

“I shared the same class with Okello…he would fight students, cooks, askaris, teachers, and anyone who comes his way. When he was dismissed from school at the assembly, he went in front to receive his expulsion letter and immediately tore it right there in the presence of everyone and majestically marched out of the gate !’ he said.

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Nancy Abeja, a hotel owner near Tipper Stage, recounted instances where the deceased had troubled his father and harassed city residents at night. However, Abeja criticized the father for taking the law into his own hands.

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