Man Dies in UPDF Detention

A man who was arrested by UPDF soldiers in the northern Uganda district of Amuru for defying the curfew time has died from the army’s detention facility.

Fred Onen Lutukuremu, 31, was arrested at about 1:30 am on Sunday night and taken into detention at Apaa military detach located at Apaa junction, bordering Amuru and Adjumani districts.

He was discovered dead on Sunday morning. He was a resident of Dwari village in Pabbo Town Council.

According to the Pabbo sub-county chairperson Christopher Odongkara, news of Onen’s death circulated on Sunday evening after a soldier at the detach informed him over the phone.

On reaching the detach, Odongkara said, the commandant only Lt Col. Sebala told him that Onen committed suicide by hanging himself using his shirt.

Odongkara however doubted this narrative raising questions on how the deceased could hang himself in a makeshift grass-thatched hut which does not match his height and weight.

Odongkara also wondered why the body was hastily removed and taken to Adjumani hospital.

The detach was established to quell conflicts over land between the Acholi of Amuru and the Madi of Adjumani.

John Bosco Oloya, a friend to the family of the deceased said that Onen left his home in Pabbo Town Council on Saturday evening at around 5:00 p.m using a motorcycle destined for Apaa trading centre taking medicine to his sick child who stays with the mother.

Josephine Angucia, the West Nile Police Spokesperson told URN that she was yet to receive details surrounding the death.


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