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Family of Killed Gulu City Police Constable Demands for Compensation

Police Constable Onencan aged 34, attached to the Field Force Unit – FFU was gunned down by unknown people on the wee hours of Friday 14th, May 2020 near the main entrance to Gulu Police barracks.
25 May 2021 14:13
Aswa River Region Police Commander Damalie Nachuha-Photo by Dominic Ochola

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The family of a Gulu City police officer, Simon Onencan Okot who was shot dead are demanding compensation from the government.

Police Constable Onencan aged 34, attached to the Field Force Unit – FFU was gunned down by unknown people on the wee hours of Friday 14th, May 2020 near the main entrance to Gulu Police barracks.

At the time when he met his death, Onencan was deployed to guard St. Tereza Primary School, a private education institution located in the East Division of Gulu City. He was shot four bullets in the chest, stomach, arm and leg respectively.

He was laid to rest last week on Friday at his ancestral home in Omee village, Palwong Parish, Pabbo Sub-County in Amuru District. Uganda Police Force – UPF management handed over 890,000 Shillings to the family to cater for burial expenses.

However, Justine Opwonya, the deceased’s young brother says that the two widows and the four children who are aged between 1-10 years have lost their sole breadwinner and require more financial support to help them cope with the irreversible loss since the deceased was killed on the line of duty.

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Fred Eriku, the officer in charge of the Criminal Intelligent Investigations Department – CIID for Aswa River Region Police says investigations have not yet yielded much and further inquiries were still ongoing to ascertain Onencan’s killers.

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Eriku observed that the public always points accusing fingers at the police for delaying investigations yet cases of capital nature like murder are sometimes very complex to probe and may last between 3-6 months or even a year to adduce concrete prosecution evidence.

Following the incident, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson David Ongom Mudong said an AK-47 assault rifle registration number 56-5827712-32506 with 30 rounds belonging to the deceased, his motorcycle, a phone and four cartridges were discovered near his body.

Meanwhile, the Regional Police Commander – RPC Damalie Nachuha condemned the incident and called the bereaved family and the public to remain calm and give the investigators time to do their work to bring the perpetrators to book.