Two arrested over murder of Kaabong policeman, gun recovered

The two suspects arrested over murder of Kaabong Policeman PC Moris Ochen (Photo/@PoliceUg)

Kaabong, (UG): A team of joint security forces in Kaabong District has arrested two suspected Karamojong warriors for the alleged murder of a police officer and taking off with his gun.

Police Constable Morris Ochen, attached to the Kotido ASTU zone was hacked to death by a gang of warriors in an incident that happened on January 12 at around 9:00 pm in Kurao village, Kalapata Sub County in the Karamoja region district.

The assailants after killing Ocen took off with his gun, an SMG No. UG POL 56-6503651-56725 with ninety (90) rounds of ammunition.

Now in an update on the operations to apprehend the assailants, Police on Monday said two members of the suspected gang who attacked the officer have since been arrested, the gun recovered, and face charges related to robbery of a gun, as the hunt for their accomplices intensifies.

The suspects, identified as Lomuria Mochomin and Lokol Loita were arrested on Sunday, January 14, from Morudukae West Village in Kalapata Parish, Kalapata Sub County according to a Monday police statement.

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“Following the incident of murder of our police officer PC Ocen Morris on 12/01/2024 and robbery of his gun. Yesterday, the 14/Jan/2024 at around 0500hrs joint security forces conducted a cordon and search operation in Morudukae West village, Kalapata parish, Kalapata subcounty, Kaabong District where 02 prime Suspects identified as LOMURIA LOCHOMIN and LOKOL LOITA were arrested and later led our teams where they had hidden the Police gun SMG rifle with 60 rounds of ammunitions and had it recovered,” read a statement by police on Monday.

The recovered gun

DailyExpress understands that the suspects are currently held in custody at 405 Infantry Brigade headquarters, Nakapelimoru in Kotido District for further investigations.

UPD’s third division spokesperson, Maj Isaac Oware, commended the security forces and local leaders in Kaabong District for making the tactical pursuit that was successful and urged the youths against involving in acts of criminality.

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“We continue to remind the armed youth engaged in criminality to hand in their arms voluntarily to the security forces to avoid reprisal,” Maj Okware said.

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