Busiika Police Station Yet to Resumes Operations After Attack

Busiika Police Station in Luwero district is yet to resume normal operations following the Monday night attack, in which two police officers were killed. Unknown assailants raided the police post around 7:30 pm on Monday evening and shot dead two police officers and injured two others critically. The attackers made off with two firearms. 

The deceased officials have since been identified as Detective Inspector of Police, Alex Wagaluka, the In-charge of the Criminal Investigations-CID, and Police constable Moses Ongol to death. The injured are police constables Adrian Ochom and Stephen Odama Stephen who are battling for their lives at Bombo Military hospital.

Patrick Lule, the Savannah Region Police Spokesperson says that during the attack, the assailants torched the police station burning several case files but residents managed to contain the fire. Lule explains that as a result, they have resolved to suspend the operations of the Police station and re-organize it before it resumes work.

“We shall be able to reopen the station either tomorrow or soon after putting everything in order,” Lule said. Police and sister security agencies have cordoned off the police station and the neighboring premises to investigate the attack.

He reveals that Police have teamed up with the town council officials to conduct community policing to restore calm among the residents since the attack was an isolated incident. Richard Nyombi, the LC 3 Chairperson of Busiika town council, says that due to fear, several shops remained closed on Tuesday till the afternoon, which forced him to run adverts on community public speakers encouraging traders to return to work.

“As I speak now the majority of shops have since re-opened and we are still calling for the rest to resume operations,” Nyombi said. Richard Bwabye, the Luwero Resident District Commissioner, says that it has been resolved that the station is reinforced with more policemen as well as soldiers to beef up security in the town.

He says that they have also resolved that the Police Station be relocated from a small rental house to a bigger and more spacious space probably on their own land for better administration. On the burnt files, Bwabye says that the Police may need to record fresh statements, especially for ongoing cases.

Meanwhile, Detective Inspector Alex Wagaluka, the in-charge CID, and Police constable Moses Ongol will be laid to rest in Mayuge and Arua respectively on Wednesday. By the time of compiling the story, Police said no person had been arrested over the attack. 

The attack follows a similar attack at the roadblock at Kiwumpa village, five kilometers from Luwero town council, where unknown assailants killed two police officers in July this year and made off with their firearms. To date, police are yet to recover the guns or arrest the assailants, which has left residents questioning the motive of the attacks.   

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