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Murder Suspect Commits Suicide in Yumbe Police Cell

Isaac Andabati was charged with attempted murder. However, as investigations continued on Thursday, he was reportedly kept alone in the cells and police were shocked to find his body hanging on the roof of the cells using his clothes at dusk on Friday.
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A man suspected to have shot his step father in the chest with a bow and arrow in Yumbe district has committed suicide in Lobe Town Council Police post cell.

Isaac Andabati a male adult, the deceased resident of Mengere village Lobe Town council in Kei Sub County Yumbe district reportedly committed suicide in the police cell in the early hours of Friday and the body was found in the morning of Saturday.

Andabati was arrested by the police of Lobe Town Council on Wednesday and detained at the cells for shooting his step father with an arrow reportedly over a land disagreement. 

He was charged with attempted murder. However, as investigations continued on Thursday, Andabati was reportedly kept alone in the cells and police were shocked to find his body hanging on the roof of the cells using his clothes at dusk on Friday.

Josephine Angucia the Police Spokesperson for W. Nile confirmed the incident but said she is yet to get details from the police in Yumbe since most of their phones are off.

“I heard of it but I don’t have details yet, the DPC, OC CIID’s phones are off but I will try to get the details, without which I cannot speak or explain much on the incident,” Angucia told URN on Sunday. 

However, Swali Izule Rajab the Secretary for Security Lobe Town Council confirmed the arrest of Andabati, who he said was in good condition when he was taken for detention, adding that the body of the deceased was handed to the relatives after they were briefed of what happened to him in the cells. 

Yumbe district Police Commander Charles Okoto and OC CIID Richard Ozua, who was on duty in Moyo district then, has any denied any knowledge on the incident but promised to follow up on it. 

It’s not clear as to why the suspect was kept alone in the cells from Wednesday and not forwarded to Yumbe CPS till he was found hanging on the roof of the cell on Friday morning. 

According to reports, several angry relatives of the deceased attempted to storm Lobe Police post accusing the police of being behind the death of their brother but some local leaders including the Secretary for Security Lobe Town Council Swali Rajab intervened and calmed them down.

The body of Isaac Andabati was handed over for burial on Friday late afternoon. Some unconfirmed reports indicate that because of the remoteness of the area in Mingere village, the information has delayed to reach Yumbe Central Police, while others said the Police at Lobe post tried to sit on the matter but some locals took it upon themselves to expose the matter.  

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