Gulu Journalists Criticized Over Police Officers Murder

Police in Aswa River Region has criticized journalists in Gulu City for feeding members of the public with what the force described as false information surrounding the alleged murder of one of its own.

Police Constable (PC) Simon Onenchan Okot was shot dead by unknown gunmen on May 14, 2021, inside Gulu Central Forest Reserve, just 100 metres from Gulu Police Barracks in the heart of Gulu City.

The incident happened at around 3AM.

The deceased, Number 28120 was attached to the Police Field Force Unit (FFU).

Four spent cartridges recovered from the scene of crime have since been forwarded to Government analytical laboratory for ballistic experts’ analysis.

The assailants fled the scene, leaving the police gun, an AK 47 Registration Number 56-5827712-32506 and 30 rounds of ammunition that was assigned to the victim behind.

However, circumstances surrounding Okot’s murder has remained unclear as police pieces up of information.

David Ongom Madong, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson criticized journalists for preempting police investigations on the murder.

Without mentioning names, Ongom police has picked interests in some radio journalists in Gulu City who were discussing the murder over the radio.

According to Mudong, the journalists were insinuating that the police was responsible for the murder of their own.

He cautioned that such journalists may be charged with incitement and providing false information to the public.