Two UPDF Officers arrested for shooting to death Student at Gulu Central High school
Two UPDF officers, RA/194594 private Otoo Denis Ochora and RO/11337 Lt Oryema John Obits attached to Gulu 4th Division have been arrested and are currently detained at the Gulu 4th division Headquarters following a shooting that left a student of Gulu Central High school dead.
The deceased has been identified as Rwotomia Gabriel, a senior three student of Gulu Central High school.
The incident happened on Sunday night at about 8 pm when students at the above-mentioned school went on strike, following a decision by the school administration to stop them from watching the Manchester Derby.
The rowdy students started vandalizing properties and throwing stones at teachers, prompting the administration to call Gulu Central Police Station.
According to Ongom David Mudong the PRO Aswa River, a joint standby force of the Police and the sister forces from the UPDF responded to the call.
“When the joint forces of the police and the UPDF arrived at the school, they allegedly discharged 9 bullets to quell down the situation but unfortunately, a stray bullet hit the victim dead on the head who was allegedly on a mango tree,” Mudong says.
The scene was visited by the police homicide squad who also recorded statements from the school management and some students to guide in the investigation.
The officers also recovered the killer rifle and the deceased’s body has been taken to Gulu City mortuary pending postmortem.
Mudong condemned the excessive force used by the suspects against the unarmed students. He, however, cautioned the students against violent acts to solve their grievances.
Meanwhile, the school has been closed after an emergency meeting convened by the Gulu City Education department, security and Uganda Students Association on Monday morning.