By Scovin Iceta
Moyo-At least two people were today injured by stray bullets at Laropi Ferry landing site on Wednesday as a Uganda People defence force (UPDF) officer attempted to intercept suspected car robbers.
The Police have identified victims of the stray bullets as Daniel Chandiga, a student of Laropi Senior Secondary School and Carolina Adrupio, a business woman from Russia West Village, Pachara sub county in Adjumani district.
According to eye witnesses, Chandiga, a resident from Arra central Village in Pachara Sub County, Adjumani district was going for exanimations at the school when the bullets hit him. They also says Adrupio of was heading to Gbalala in Laropi Sub County Moyo district for farm work when the bullet caught her.
Margaret Chandia, One of the eye witnesses told this reporter that the suspected robbers boarded the ferry from Omi landing site in Adjumani district together with their vehicle including other passengers on the ferry. Chandia says when the suspects cross the river to Laropi landing site, they sensed security threat forcing the driver of the vehicle to jump off from the ferry. The soldiers on the landing site on realising that someone had jumped out f the ferry without clearance from the ferry Captain fired live bullets that unfortunately injured the wrong targets. The victims were rushed to Moyo General Hospital where they are nursing injuries.
Stephen Agaba, the District Police Commander has confirmed the shooting and says the suspects abandoned the stolen car registration number UBA 851I blue in colour and took off. “They have abandoned the car at Liri village near Erepi Airfield in Metu Sub County, Moyo district and later we impounded waiting for the Owner to come for clams”, Mr Agaba said.
He also said beside the car, one suspect identified as Geoffrey Ssemuju a resident of Kikando zone in Namasuba, a Kampala suburb has been arrested and he is currently detained at the Moyo central police station.
Agaba says the suspect clams to be a hawker and he was given lift but the police are investigating the whole process. “When we carry out the investigations, we shall surely established the true version”, Agaba said
Mr Michael Nambafu, the regional police commander Northwest Nile described the incident of the shooting unfortunate and apologized on behalf of the security.
He said when the army and police tried to stop the two occupants in the car they became uncooperative and instead speed off the ferry towards Moyo Town. ”The intention was to shoot the tyres of the vehicle but they missed out only the stray bullet got two people injured”, Mr Nambafu said.