By Ivan Mwine
The police in Eastern Uganda are hunting for unknown assailants who shot dead a police officer attached to Soroti Police Station before fleeing with his gun.
ASP Oscar Ageca, the Eastern Region Police Public Relations officer, said that the territorial police in Soroti City, is actively investigating the alleged murder by shooting of its police officer and the subsequent robbery of his gun.
He said in a statement that; “The facts indicate that on November 30, 2021, at around 7:00Pm, our officer identified as, Sgt. Emuria Gideon, was attacked and shot dead by unknown assailants, at Maroon quarters, while heading for his guard duties, at the residence of Justice Alex Makayi Ajiji, of Gulu High Court. The assailants escaped from the scene with his gun.”
Ageca added that; “Our standby and rapid teams responded to the incident and cordoned off the scene, which was thoroughly documented. We in addition, reviewed the facts surrounding the incident and a serious manhunt for the suspects has already began, based on the available leads.”
He revealed that the IGP and the entire police fraternity, mourn the loss of Sgt. Emuria, who had dedicated his life to serving the public. Our thoughts and prayers go to his immediate family, friends and relatives.
He noted that guard duties are one of the cardinal functions of the police, and there is absolutely, no reason for such senseless acts of violence against officers.
Although the motive of the assailants is not yet determined, the police contend that this was a targeted murder.
“We want to assure the public that we are doing everything within our means to identify the suspects for arrest. All persons involved will be held accountable and brought to justice,” Ageca asserted.
He added; “You must all remember that the suspects are armed and dangerous, the public is warned against approaching them,” warning that;
“They are instead advised to ring the police 112 or 999 for any information that can lead to the recovery of the gun and arrest of the culprits.”