The suspect is Innocent Okot attached to Saracen Security Company Limited Hoima branch. He disappeared with the company gun registration number SAR 12116651/06277, with five rounds of ammunition.
Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson confirmed the disappearance of the security guard to URN. Photo by Emmanuel Okello.
Hoima is investigating circumstances under which a private security guard has
disappeared with a gun from duty.
is Innocent Okot, attached to Saracen Security Company Limited, Hoima branch.
disappeared with the Company gun registration number SAR 12116651/06277 with
five rounds of ammunition.
Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson told Uganda Radio Network on
Thursday that Okot disappeared with the Company guard on Tuesday this week. He had been
deployed to guard Mukwano Building in Hoima City when he disappeared with the
gun to a yet to be known destination.
Otim, the Regional Supervisor for Saracen Security Company in the
Albertine told Uganda Radio Network that they became suspicious after Okot
failed to show up at their offices on Tuesday Morning after he had been
deployed for night duty.
them to rush to his duty station at Mukwano building where he had been deployed
but they never found him.
He says when
they broke his door, they only discovered the Company Uniform dumped in the
house but the gun was missing.
that Okot could have been joined by other people to steal the gun to go out and
commit illegal acts.
Sources at Mukwano building where Okot was guarding told Uganda Radio Network on condition of anonymity that Okot was last seen there on Tuesday morning while armed with his gun and he disappeared to an unknown destination later, to date.
the Company in 2017 and he was deployed to work in many parts of the country
before he was posted to Hoima in March 2020.
In January 2019,
unidentified thugs attacked and robbed a private security guard of his firearm
in Hoima town.
a private security guard attached to Star React Security Company Limited was on
duty at Sona pharmacy along Hoima-Fort portal road in the then Kahoora Division of Hoima Municipality when he was hacked by thugs. Musani sustained deep cuts
on the head and the neck.
2018, thugs attacked and robbed a gun from a private security guard attached to
Ankar security Group Company limited. He had been deployed to guard a
motorcycle selling point in Kiryatete in Hoima town.
over ten private security companies operating in Hoima town including Ankar
security company limited, Securiko Uganda Limited, Saracen security company
limited, Star React security company limited, 4GS Security company and
Express Security Company limited among others.
In 2019, the
Hoima District Security Committee came up with a resolution to have all the
Private Security Guards operating in Hoima district undergo compulsory
refresher courses conducted by the Uganda People forces - UPDF.
because the district security committed discovered that most of the private
security guards are not physically fit to handle guns and defend themselves in
case of any attacks by thugs in their places of operation.