Alebtong, Uganda : The territorial police in Alebtong District are currently investigating a suspected murder by stabbing involving Okul Stephen, a 35-year-old man. The incident occurred on January 12, 2024, at approximately 21:00 hours in Oloi Village, Tetyang Parish, Itek Sub-County, Lira District.
According to SP Jimmy Patrick Okema, the North Kyoga Regional police spokesperson, the report was filed at Aloi Police Station by Angerai Isaac, a 38-year-old councilor and resident of Awepek Village, Awepek Ward, Alebtong District.
The information received by OC Aloi police post revealed that Okul Stephen had a disagreement with Ojok Ivan, escalating into a physical altercation. Ojok Ivan reportedly used a knife to stab Okul Stephen on the left side of the neck during the fight, leading to severe bleeding and loss of consciousness. The victim succumbed to his injuries on the veranda of Okello Jasper, the bar owner where the incident occurred.
Subsequently, an angry mob assaulted Ojok Ivan, pelting stones and bricks at him. Ojok Ivan sustained serious head injuries and was swiftly transported to Alebtong Health Center IV for first aid. Efforts are ongoing to locate the bar owner, Mr. Okello Jasper, to provide a statement supporting the ongoing investigation.
The crime scene has been visited and documented, and Okul Stephen’s body was transported to Alebtong Health Centre IV pending postmortem examination. A knife, believed to be the weapon used in the crime, has been recovered and documented as evidence.
A murder case has been officially registered at Alebtong Central Police Station as the investigation progresses. The police express their condolences, urging the public to seek peaceful resolutions to conflicts within the community through local leadership channels.