Fuel station manager shoots self dead over debts

The fuel station where Allan Atubo, 27, was working before shooting self dead over debts

Mubende, (UG): The territorial police in central Uganda’s Mubende District are investigating circumstances under which a 27-year-old fueling station manager shot himself dead using a security guard’s gun over accumulated debts.

Allan Atubo, 27, a resident of Kisekende Village in South Division, Mubende Municipality is alleged to have taken a bullet on himself from his office at the Oil Energy Fuel Station on Monday evening.

According to Ibrahim Kiggundu, the councillor of Kisekende Ward at Mubende Municipality, they heard a gunshot inside the office of the victim at around 7 pm and thought a security guard was behind the shooting. When he and other responders rushed to the scene, they found Atubo, dead.

Kiggundu said the deceased had allegedly accumulated a debt of about Shs4 million which might have forced him to die by suicide.

Detectives from Mubende Central Police Station said they recovered the killer weapon which they found lying in between Atubo’s legs.

Ms Racheal Kawala, the Wamala Region Spokesperson confirmed the incident in a Tuesday statement.

“Our preliminary findings indicate that on Monday (June 24, 2024) at about 3 pm, Atubo returned from Mubende Town and asked his assistant, Sharon Subukirwe to inform her husband to lend him Shs3 million. Shortly after that, he started shedding tears while carrying his two-year-old daughter,” Ms Kawala noted.

“He [Atubo] then later proceeded to his office and later at about 7 pm while Hillary Ajoiga, a security guard at this fuel station had gone to sign for a gun for duty at the office, he found Atubo lying in a pool of blood,” she added.

Ajoiga, according to police immediately informed the assistant manager who later reported the matter to police. Findings indicate that the Atubo had multiple debts.” However, the incident paralyzed normal operations at the fuel station.

Ms Kawala however said the two guards attached to Samurai Security Company which provides services to the fueling station have been arrested over negligence after reports emerged that they keep their guns inside the manager’s office when they are not on duty.

Meanwhile, Atubo’s body was taken to Mubende Hospital for postmortem as police investigations take charge.

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