Cop Teargassed Inside Her House

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An eye witness who preferred anonymity says the incident occurred at 8:00am on Saturday morning. It is suspected that the teargas canister was lobbied inside Akullu’s house by her rival.

Gulu Police are investigating circumstances under which a teargas canister was lobbed in the house of a female cop at Gulu police barracks. The teargas victim has been identified as Juliet Akullu, a cop attached to Gulu Central Police Station. An eye witness who preferred anonymity says the incident occurred at 8:00am on Saturday morning.

It is suspected that the teargas canister was lobbed inside Akullu’s house by her rival. One of Akullu’s children in the house collapsed due to effects of the teargas. Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa regional Police spokesperson has confirmed the incident. Okema says they are still investigating the matter to establish what could have happened.

He, however, says they have not yet got any clue on the suspect behind the teargas attack. Okema says plans are underway to meet the field force personnel who have access to teargas.  He warns cops to desist from using force to solve their personal differences. Our source insists that police are aware of the person behind the attack but they are only silent on the matter.
 
This is not the first time police officers have used weapons in their possession to solve personal grudges.  In March this year, a senior Police Officer shot a Probation Constable at Jinja road police station after he found him in bed with his sister in-law. Some officers have misused guns and tear gas ending up committing serious offences such as murder and robbery.

 

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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.