Crime & Investigation

One Shot Dead in Adjumani Prison Break

Police in Adjumani district shot dead a prisoner who together with several others last week succeeded in breaking out of a local prison confinement.

The killed escapee was identified by the country’s head of Criminal Investigations Mrs Grace Akullo as Alex Moroo.

She said the deceased attempted to flee Olia Government Prison with 26 other offenders.

Akullo said escapees,  most convicts run away while they were being taken to work on a nearby prison farm.

“Our men immediately embarked on the manhunt and shortly found Mr Alex hiding in the bush, ” said Akullo at press conference on Monday.

In the scuffle to have him rearrested, c she says Alex pounced onto a police officer and tried to disarm him. He was shot to be disabled, but died moments later.

Jailbreaks are no stranger in the Northern Nile Region district which experts put mainly on the deplorable conditions of all prisons there.

About 55 inmates broke out Opinzizi prisons in the same district in 2006, taking advantage of a noisy downpour to break the weak prison wall.

In 2012, government officials called for demolition of Olia prison following a petition by inmates’ complaint about its sorry state.

The officials led by district RDC Edwin Komaketch were told in a tour at the facility that inmates lacked toilets, bathrooms and safe drinking water.

The 50 year old jail facility which houses double its inmates capacity, also had cracks in the walls, which placed their lives in danger.

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