North Kyoga Region has expressed concerns about the increasing murder cases in
the Lango sub-region. According to police records, between January and February, the nine districts of Lango registered 24 murder cases, with 14
recorded in January and 10 cases in February 2022.
The escalating murder cases are being attributed to excessive drinking of
alcohol, domestic violence, and land wrangles.
Patrick Okema, the North Kyoga Regional Police Spokesperson says that police in
the region record on a daily basis a case of murder, which he said is
Okema cited a murder case in Alebtong, where police are investigating the LCI Chairperson
of Omoting village over the murder of a 70-year-old man. According to Okema, the police are also investigating Geoffrey Okello, the LCI vice-chairperson of Omoting
village in Okuranga parish in Angetta sub-county over the murder of John Steven
Eyano, a resident of the same area.
Okello is being accused of beating the deceased to death together with his
accomplices identified as; Julius Okora, Alfred Odot, Adeni, Okuli, Agili who
are all on the run.
cases include the murder of a 22-year-old Ema Okwir, a resident of Namasale
town council in Amolatar District, among others.
Okema condemned the brutal acts, asking the public not to take the law into their
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Rev. Canon Esau Omara Ejon, the West Lango Diocesan secretary blames the
escalating murder cases on the laxity of the police to conduct community policing
and crime prevention programs. He said the church has taken a step to
strengthen council sessions to mitigate the crime cases.
Ambrose Okello, a resident of Ngetta village in Lira City East Division says the increased number of murder cases can be addressed through community policing and crime
prevention initiatives, something he said has been ignored by the police.
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The Lango Cultural Foundation Premier Eng. Robert James Ajal cited drug abuse and
poverty as factors heightening murder cases in Lango. He says the cultural
leaders plan to constitute a By-law to regulate the sale and alcohol
consumption to reduce murder cases in the region.