Gulu Police Investigates Suspected Ritual Killing

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Police in Gulu district are investigating suspected ritual killing of a man after finding his body with some parts missing.

Police in Gulu district are investigating suspected ritual killing of a man after finding his body with some parts missing.
The beheaded body of 40-year-old Robert Ojok Aganya, a resident of Oturo Oloya village in Oyitino parish in Bungatura Sub County, was found dumped in a swamp with his tongue chopped off and hair shaved from his head.
His wife told Police that Ojok went missing on January 27th after leaving home for a disco at Ocuka trading centre. Relatives mounted a search for him after he never returned home.
On Thursday, his beheaded body was recovered near a stream located about 200 metres away from Ocuka trading centre. The body is at Gulu regional referral hospital for postmortem.
Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Police spokesperson for Aswa River region, says three people have been arrested to help police in investigation. He says those arrested were last seen with him on the day he disappeared.
Okema says they suspect the motive of the killing was ritual activities but Police are still investigating the killing further. He appealed to the public to help Police with information which can lead to justice.  

It is the first suspected ritual killing registered in Gulu district this year. 


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Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a practicing journalist for the last 13 years during which he has covered part of the brutal conflict which bedeviled Northern Uganda as well as the painful transition to Peace thereafter. Emerging post conflict issues such as land rights of under privileged widows and orphans, challenges of access to social services in the immediate aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

Labeja is now the Northern Uganda Bureau chief in Acholi Sub Region since 2014 - Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts as well as South Sudan falls within his areas of jurisdiction. He previously worked with The Vision Group for four years.

Labeja’s major career interests are in Climate Change; Agriculture and Environment - natural resources such as Water, Oil and Gas; Transitional Justice; Human Rights, Democracy and Governance as well as South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis. In 2013, Labeja was awarded a prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at United Nation’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for Climate Change and Health Reporting.