NEBBI. Police in Nebbi is investigating circumstances under which a 52-year-old guard was murdered by unknown assailants at Goli resource centre in Nebbi sub-county on Tuesday night.

According to Mr Ronald Kuyew, the Boma west village chairperson in Nebbi sub county, the deceased identified as Mr Marcello Okethwengu, a resident of Pazungu village in Democratic republic of Congo (DRC) reported for work at around 7:00pm the previous day but was found dead on Wednesday morning.

Mr Nicholas Natajja, the OC CID Nebbi police station confirmed the incident and said the assailants made away with unspecified amount of money after hitting the deceased on the fore head with a blunt object.

“We are still investigating and no one has yet been arrested in connection to the murder but we suspect that it could be individuals within that place whom he could have identified and they decided to murder him to cover up,” Mr Natajja said.

He declined to specify the nationality of the deceased, saying the issues of nationality and residence is totally different. Goli is a stone-throw away from DR Congo.

Natajja said the body of the deceased was transported to Nebbi general hospital for post-mortem, adding that this is the first of its kind since January 2018 when a guard was murdered in cold blood. He said the last of such an incident was at shell petrol station in Nebbi town.

In a related development, Nebbi police is still stuck with the body of a female adult who is believed to have been involved in an accident a week ago and the head was crushed beyond recognition.

Mr Rogers Namanya, the OC traffic Nebbi police station said the deceased who is believed to be in her 30s was knocked by a hit and run car in the night at Gotlandi in Nyaravur sub-county last Wednesday.

“I have made announcements on some of the radio stations in the district but no one has yet come to identify and claim the body and I believe if she was a person from Nyaravur, maybe she could have been identified,” he said.

Namanya said the deceased’s body is still at Nebbi general hospital mortuary and if no one comes to claim, it may be buried at the municipal cemetery.

However, the hospital administrator, Ms Peace Nikum noted that they cannot hand over the body to police for burial unless they first give announcements on all the radio stations in the three districts of Nebbi, Zombo, and Pakwach.