By Allan Richard Odoch
22th August 2016
A lecturer at Gulu University was yesterday shot dead by a security guard manning DFCU bank located at Freezone hotel along Dr. Lucille road in Gulu town.
The deceased identified as Isaiah Okidi, a Lecturer at Gulu University Kitgum Campus who was teaching education psychology died instantly after he was shot directly in the chest at 8:20 on Sunday evening.
Thomas Lapyem Awany, an eyewitness said the deceased had gone to withdraw money from nearby mobile money and parked his motorcycle adjacent to the bank’s ATM machine.
He said after the deceased withdrawn his money and headed for his motorcycle, he was approached by the security guard who was accusing him of trying to steal the motorcycle, adding that the lecturer’s plea and explanations that he is the owner of the said motorcycle fell on deaf ear of the seemingly drunk guard.
Lapyem further said that after the scuffle, they had a gun shot and saw the lecturer lying on the guard with blood oozing from his head.
Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa region Police spokesperson confirmed the incident registered at the Gulu Central Police Station under Murder by shooting CRB23382016 and identified the security guard as Patrick Okeny, 28 who works with Securiko group.
He noted that police will investigate the Manager Securiko, Manager of Gulu DFCU bank, Manager of Freezone hotel and nearby mobile money agents to find out the whether the deceased withdrawn from the ATM or a mobile money agent.
He said police recovered the gun that was used for the shooting with 4 rounds of ammunition left but will have to find out the number of rounds of ammunitions given to the security guard.
Okema said the suspect has been arrested together with his other colleague, Odongkara Simon, 21 who was deployed at the DFCU bank as investigations are ongoing.
By press time, the body of the deceased was still lying at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital, awaiting postmortem examination.
In June last year 2014, Andrew Rackara, a lecturer at Gulu University, was gunned down by thugs as he returned to his residence in Pece Division in Gulu Municipality at night.
Four of the suspected killers were arrested and remanded to Luzira prison in Kampala.