Police Apprehend Suspects in Double Murder and Motorcycle Theft Case

Pakwach District. Police in Pakwach district have arrested four suspects in connection with a double murder case involving the killing of two Boda boda riders and the theft of their motorcycles.

The first incident occurred on October 10, 2023, at Adiri village, Ragem Upper Parish, Ragem sub-county, Pakwach district. The suspects allegedly killed 16-year-old Boda boda rider Godfrey Openjimungu and fled with his Bajaj Boxer motorcycle, registered as UFS 094P.

The second incident took place on December 5, 2023, at Borowio village, Ragem Upper Parish, resulting in the death of another Boda boda rider, 22-year-old Rogers Odongo. The suspects also stole Odongo’s motorcycle, registration number UFX 881F. Odongo’s body was discovered on December 6, 2023, by residents.

The suspects, identified as Jakisa Joel Dan alias Japyem Joel, Derrick Waniiye, Mark Acaye, and Yusuf Okoth (the father of Japyem), were apprehended by the police. Josephine Angucia, the West Nile region police spokesperson, confirmed that the stolen motorcycles were recovered from the suspects and are currently held at Pakwach Central Police Station. The suspects are facing charges of aggravated robbery and murder and are scheduled to appear in court.

Twaib Achile, the Pakwach Deputy Resident City Commissioner, urged boda boda riders in the district to exercise vigilance, especially during the upcoming festive season, to avoid potential motorcycle theft. He emphasized the importance of safety, particularly during late-night travels.

According to the Annual Police Crimes Report of 2022, a total of 5,509 reported motorcycle theft cases were documented nationwide, with 2,381 motorcycles recovered, 515 found abandoned, and 2,614 not retrieved. In the West Nile region, specifically, there were 233 reported cases of motorcycle theft last year.

The territorial police are continuing their efforts to ensure the safety and security of residents, with a focus on preventing and addressing criminal activities such as motorcycle theft.

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