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Suspected witch lynched in Nebbi

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By Martin Bileni
Territorial police in Nebbi District in west Nile Sub Region is investigating an incident under which a mob allegedly lynched a 59 year old male adult who was suspected of practicing witchcraft.
The deceased has been identified as Jacky Uvon Ogwokpacu, an Alur by tribe, a peasant farmer and a resident of Gosi village, Pajur parish, Erussi Sub County in the Nebbi district.
The Greater West Nile region Police Spokesperson SSP Josephine Angucia, said Ogwokpacu was allegedly killed by five men on Sunday last week.
She says the deceased met his death when he returned to the village where he was recently evicted from, on allegations of practicing witchcraft.
“As he went back to his former home on 21st November 2023 to collect his remaining house hold items, he found two people in the process of demolishing his previous house by removing iron sheets, he then made alarm to alert public to come and help him to arrest them as thieves. Instead the two jumped down from the roof joined by three others who were hiding nearby. They started chasing the deceased and caught up with him at river Alala where they brutally killed him with multiple cuts on the head, hands, back fingers, neck.” SSP Angucia explains.
The police publicist discloses that the suspected killers reportedly threw the deceased’s body in the river and took off to unknown direction. She adds that when the information reached police, they opened a case file of murder. Police visited the scene of crime, examined and documented it. They also recorded statements from relevant witnesses and retrieved the body from the water and took it to Nebbi general hospital pending postmortem.
According to SSP Angucia, particulars of the suspected killers are known although by press time no arrests had been made as inquiries continue under Nebbi CRB 718/2023.
She is urging the general public not to take law into their hands but rather cooperate with police in tracing and bringing the suspects before the law book.
According to a 2022 police annual crime report, the West Nile region recorded 71 cases of murder by mob action, ranking among the top three policing regions with a high number of such incidents. The other regions were Albertine (82 cases) and Kampala Metropolitan North (72 cases).

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