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ARUA SCHOOL CLOSED OVER MURDER OF STUDENT

By UG Reports

ARUA: Police in Arua City are investigating an incident of strike that led to destruction of school properties worth millions of shillings by the students of St Joseph’s college Ombaci in the night between 5th and 6th of March 2022.

This followed an incident of suspected murder of one of their own form four student.

SP Josephine Angucia, the West Nile Region police spokesperson has identified the deceased as Aziz Adnani who was grievously injured by unknown people.

It’s suspected that the deceased student died due to multiple injuries inflicted on him by some locals who grievously harmed him in a fight during a friendly football match in Koboko Municipality.

”Postmortem results indicated that the student died due to multiple injuries after being hit by blunt objects several times on the body,” said Angucia.

It’s alleged that the deceased and others sneaked out of the football ground in Koboko to go and buy locally brewed alcohol from the near by village, from where a fight ensued between the students and the locals over the brew, as they ran back to the football pitch, the angry locals descended on the deceased who could not run as first as his friends and grievously beat him.

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Angucia explains that without informing the administration, his colleagues sneaked him into the bus and upon reaching the school, they again sneaked the deceased out of school to the Radiology clinic for treatment from where he died.

She also explains that the school administration got to know about this when the situation had worsened and it became too late to save the life of the deceased.

Angucia asserts that the form six student was arrested and detained at Arua CPS to assist police with investigations into this incident.

”However the student body got diverted from the truth by the ring leaders who wanted to protect their colleagues, and made the students to believe that the deceased was knocked by the school bus at the school gate hence sustaining injuries,” she explains.

Angucia also asserts that thereafter the students went on strike at around 10pm in the night between 5th and 6th March 2022 and broke all the glasses at the windows and doors, destroyed the school fence and some proceeded to teachers’ quarters and broke the glass windows of the house of the deputy headmaster.

”When police arrived at the scene, they stopped the strike and started inquiries straight away. However, police found that all the students numbering about 900 left the school immediately after the destruction and slept outside the school premises,” she explains.

The police mouthpiece further explains that 82 camped at the church, 45 were found by police on the way heading to Arua town and later were taken to Arua CPS for safety, and others slept at unknown places.

She also explains that the students came back to the school premises in the morning of Sunday.

”When students came back to school at around 9:00am, the school management ordered them to park their properties and go home indefinitely to create room for investigations as well as allow the school to design way forward in to the matter,” she explains.

Angucia says inquiries have started so as to get the ring leaders who will be arrested to face the law accordingly, and police maintain deployment at the school as inquiries continue into the matter.

She urges students to desist from acts of hooliganism as this will affect their personal lives as well as academic performance hence leading to destruction of their future.

The police mouthpiece also warns that strike is an act which is not only destructive to the development of a school but also against the law, and whoever resorts to striking as a solution to grievances will be arrested and prosecuted according to the law.

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