Robert Oken, the officer in Charge of Criminal Investigation at Kitgum central police station told URN in an interview Sunday that attempts by the girl’s parents and relatives to locate her on Thursday failed to yield results. He says another search conducted on Friday led to the recovery of Anena’s lifeless body and a bicycle she used in a bush.
Kitgum district are holding a suspect in
connection to the gruesome murder of a 12 year-old primary school girl in Amako
Ryek village in Kitgum Matidi Sub County. Simon Okello, a resident of Pader district was
picked up on Saturday afternoon after being trailed by a police sniffer dog.
to police reports, the deceased identified as Fiona Anena, disappeared on Friday when she went to collect harvest sorghum from their garden on the
instructions of her mother.
Robert Oken, the officer in Charge of Criminal Investigation
at Kitgum central police station told URN in an interview Sunday that attempts
by the girl’s parents and relatives to locate her failed to yield
He says another search conducted on Saturday led to the recovery of
Anena’s lifeless body and a bicycle she used in a bush. Oken says police personnel comprising of Scene
of Crime Officers and canine handlers responded to the murder scene and
deployed a sniffer dog, which picked up a scent and trailed the suspect up to
“The sniffer dog was deployed at the murder
scene it picked up scent from the scene and followed it up until it reached a
home and refused to move away. The dog is trained to follow such trails and we
picked the suspect for investigation,” he said.
He notes that the suspect is being detained at
Kitgum central police station pending further investigations. The Kitgum Matidi
Sub County LCIII Chairperson Kenneth Oketayot says the deceased is suspected to
have been defiled before her assailant strangled her to death.
He says the deceased was found naked with severe
injuries to her private part. Oketayot condemned the gruesome murder and called
for calm from the aggrieved family members. Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa River Region
Police Spokesperson, says the deceased’s body has taken to Kitgum General Hospital
for postmortem to ascertain the cause of death before they hand it over to
relatives for burial.
In November this year, a 30-year-old man was
arrested for allegedly defiling and killing his two year and seven months old
daughter. Samuel Opoka, a farmer at Lapana B village in Kitgum Matidi Sub
County reportedly sexually assaulted the minor before killing her at his
He is currently on remand at Kitgum government
Bureau Chief, East Acholi