A 16-year old pupil of
Ombatini Primary School in Terego district is struggling for his life at Arua
Hospital after his two legs were shattered by a Police Flying Squad Officer during
a shoot-out operation in Arua Central Division Arua City.
Hussein Yusuf of Oyoze
Cell in Arua Central Division had both legs shattered when he was shot at by a team of four Police officers who fired indiscriminately as they
pursued and attempted to arrest a suspected criminal in the cell but met
resistance from the community members.
According to relatives of
the victim, the minor was performing ablution for 1pm prayers near their home yesterday
when bullets caught him in the legs and he fell down. Yusuf Ismail, an elder
brother to the victim said he had come out of the house to see what was
happening as bullets were fired only so see his brother bleeding helplessly on
// Cue in; After hearing the bullets.…//Cue out; future is really destroyed.…. //
Hussein's sister, Samari Eyotaru said her brother was rushed to Arua regional referral
hospital where it was established through imaging scan that both his two legs were
// Cue in; They took him for.…//Cue out; legs were broken.…. //
incident, relatives of the victim informed the Police at Arua CPS who swung in
to action and opened a case of attempted murder under Arua SD Ref.
54/16/06/2021 against one of the officers, whose name they are however withholding saying that revealing it at this stage would jeopardize investigations
Hudson Ocheng, the Police
Spokesperson for West Nile confirmed the incident and said investigations are
ongoing into the incident.
Ocheng added that the
police officers fired after meeting resistance from the community who blocked
them from arresting a suspect in connection with the theft of a motorcycle Reg.
No. UFE 159N.
// Cue in; The in charge flying squad.…//Cue out; his right and left legs.…. //
Reports from the
relatives of Hussein indicate that by Thursday evening, Doctors at Arua
Regional Referral Hospital had referred the victim for further management at
Lacor hospital as police has reportedly gone into negotiations with the family
on footing the medical bills and probable compensation.
Since the disbanding of the Flying Squad more than three years ago, the W. Nile Police Flying Squad has apparently continued to operate independent of CIID Supervision under which they were placed for deployment and operations.