The charges were instituted against Okello in 2016 together with 17 others following a botched attack on Opit Army Detach and Central Police Station in Gulu District, which claimed the lives of two soldiers, four Policemen and left scores injured.
Military Prosecutors have
dropped the charges of murder and grievous harm against Patrick Okello Ajuru,
the former Bana LC I Chairperson in Pailyec Parish Amuru Sub Country in Amuru
The charges were instituted
against Okello in 2016 together with 17 others following a botched attack on
Opit Army Detach and Central Police Station in Gulu District, which claimed the
lives of two soldiers, four Policemen and left scores injured.
The other suspects are Richard Okech,
Alfred Odongpiny ,Goeffrey Komakech, Patrick Komakech, Charles Onen, Richard
Onen alias Munu Opegu, Opiro Thomasa Opiyo, Odokonyero Charles Ochola, Ochola
Vincent Ocen alias Denis Okema, Howard Openjeru Jomax alias
Engineer, Private Fred Okidi Opio Layika, Robert Okot alias
Oluca, Private Charles Omwony Bua, Bongomin Tito, Kenneth Otto, Ojok Sam Obama
and Charles Opio alias Olici.
On Tuesday, the
accused persons appeared before the UPDF General Court Martial chaired by Lt,
General Andrew Gutti where hearing of their case was supposed to commence. Prosecution
alleges that Okello, his co accused and others still at large while at Gulu
Central Police Station on June 12th, 2016 with malice aforethought
caused the unlawful death of Corporal Amos Edema and Assistant Superintendent
of Police, Amos Masaba.
It is also alleged that on May 27th 2016 while at
Opit Army Detach in Gulu District, the accused persons with malice aforethought
caused the unlawful death of Private Alphonse Ojara and Okullo Haggai. They
were also charged with causing grievous harm to Privates Dickens Obong and
Opoka Michael Kilama, Detective Assistant Inspector of Police, Jackson Yochira,
Sergeant Vicente Kibuye, Police Constable, Sande Watimango and Ally Christine.
However, Army Prosecutors led by
Captain Ambrose Baguma tabled a document withdrawing charges against Patrick Okello
Ajuru, the former LC 1 Chairperson Bana village in Pailyec Parish Amuru Sub
Country in Amuru District before his arrest in 2016.
The document signed by the Director of Army
Prosecutions Lt. Col. Raphael Mugisha indicates that the charges against Okello
have been withdrawn to protect state interests, adding should further evidence
be realised in future, the accused person could be re-arrested and charged basing
on the same facts.
Speaking to URN shortly his release, Okello who
shade tears of joy, said he is happy because he has finally left jail after
four years. He expressed sympathy for his three wives and 15 children who have
since dropped from school as a result of his detention.
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The Kilak South Member of
Parliament, Gilbert Olanya who showed up to pick Okello, said he was earlier on
arrested by a one Captain Atube over a land wrangle dispute but the charges
were amended to include him on the list of those who attacked security
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The court read charges for the remaining
suspects who have been in jail since 2016 when
they were arrested. They pleaded not guilty and were sent back to Luzira