Four individuals, including a son and daughter, are currently being held by the police at Lira City Central Police Station in connection with the brutal murder of their elderly father on Sunday night.
The lifeless body of Alfred Ogwang, aged 65, was discovered the following Monday morning, abandoned in a pit made of murram, approximately 100 meters away from his residence.
Law enforcement authorities have taken into custody four suspects, among them the deceased’s own son and daughter, to assist in the ongoing inquiry into the murder.
The individuals apprehended are Joshua Apita, who is the son, along with his close associate Dickens Aluri, and Filly Awor, who had been married to Apita for only a month. The police have also detained Scovia Akao.
The incident is believed to have taken place at Okwor Okwor Cell, situated in the Burlobo Ward of Lira City’s East Division, around 11:00 p.m.
Moses Okello Opio, the local LC1 chairperson, was informed of the situation by the chief of the Otikokin clan, to which the deceased belonged. Opio reported the matter to the Ayago Police Post.
Accompanied by the head officer of the Ayago Police Post and their team, Opio reached the scene and found that the unclothed body had been dragged and dumped into a murram pit.
An anonymous neighbor of the deceased claimed that only Apita was involved in the killing of his father, Ogwang.
According to this neighbor, Apita allegedly engaged in an altercation with a friend during a drinking session. After returning home, he reportedly assaulted his wife and then turned his aggression towards his father, eventually beating him to death.
The neighbor stated, “He struck his father’s head multiple times with the handle of a hoe, and then fatally twisted his neck, before moving the body and discarding it in a murram pit.”
Jimmy Patrick Okema, the spokesperson for the North Kyoga Police region, expressed regret over the incident and urged couples to maintain respect for their elders during disagreements in order to prevent such tragic occurrences.
The police reported that on August 20, 2023, at around 11:00 p.m., Apita and Awor had a domestic dispute that escalated into a physical altercation. Ogwang, the now-deceased father, intervened to stop the fight. Instead of ceasing their conflict, Apita and Awor turned their aggression towards him, using a hoe handle to fatally beat him.
Later, with the assistance of his children, the deceased was dragged and left in a pit that had been dug for murram excavation, approximately 100 meters away from the scene.
The body was transported to the mortuary of Lira Regional Referral Hospital, pending a post-mortem examination.