PALLISA: Boda Boda rider murdered in cold blood, motorcycle taken

Pallisa, (UG):- The Territorial Police in eastern Uganda’s Pallisa District are currently investigating a cold case of murder and aggravated robbery after aboda boda rider was found killed and his motorcycle taken on Tuesday morning.

The victim, identified as Okurut Bosco, a boda boda rider, met a tragic end in Odwarat Cell, Westward, Pallisa Town Council in Pallisa District.

The incident, which is believed to have occurred on the night of Monday, March 25, 2024, was first reported by Mr Obonyo Michael, the chairman of LC I Akumi Village in Kaukira sub-county Pallisa district.

Preliminary reports indicate that Okurut was last seen at a drinking point around 10:00 pm before being hired by unknown assailants and heading towards Olok Road in Pallisa TC.

“Tragically, the assailants attacked and fatally stabbed Okurut with sharp objects, leaving him with severe injuries that ultimately led to his untimely demise. The perpetrators callously fled the scene with Okurut’s red Bajaj boxer motorcycle, registered under Reg no UEC 032X, leaving his lifeless body abandoned in a pool of blood in Odwarat swamp,” said ASP Semewo Samuel, the Bukedi North Region Police Spokesperson.

Upon receiving the distressing report, Semewo says police swiftly responded, dispatching a team of detectives and SOCOs to the scene of the crime.

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“Police rushed at the scene of crime with a team of detectives and SOCOs who documented the scene of crime and also recovered some relevant exhibits to help during an investigation.”

He added that Canine service was introduced at the scene of crime; however, it could not do much since the community had already tampered with the scene.

“Some objects have been recorded at the scene, which we suspect to have been used during the murder of Okurut. We are diligently documenting the scene and recovering relevant exhibits to aid in our investigation,” he noted.

The deceased’s body was later conveyed to Pallisa Hospital mortuary for a postmortem examination, as authorities work diligently to establish his identity and notify his relatives.

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By press time on Thursday, police had not confirmed any arrests, but ASP Semewo assured the public that inquiries are underway and promised to provide updates as the investigation progresses.

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