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Arua, Uganda | By Michael Wandati | Two individuals, Annet Ajikia and Brian Nyakuta, both residents of Nyio Village, Nyio Parish, Vurra Sub County in Arua District, were arrested on Sunday, April 14, 2024, for attempting to bribe the Officer-in-Charge of the Criminal Investigation Division (OC CID) at the Arua District Central Police Station in Odumi.

They sought to obstruct the investigation into a murder case and secure the release of their relative, Innocent Onzima, who had been detained on Friday in connection with the murder of his brother, Alido Arijole.

The suspects offered two million Ugandan Shillings to OC CID Japher Kalinaki. Josephine Angucia, the Police Spokesperson for the West Nile region, confirmed the arrests and stated that Ajikia and Nyakuta have been transferred to Arua City Central Division and are set to appear in court on Tuesday to face charges of bribing a police officer.

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Onzima, the murder suspect, has also been taken to Arua City Central Division for a medical evaluation to assess his mental state.

The police report revealed that Alido Arijole was killed on December 17, 2023, allegedly by a group of clan members led by Innocent Onzima, who accused him of acquiring wealth through illicit means.

After the murder, the clan members fled to seek refuge in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). However, following the transfer of the former OC CID, Moses Maloba, who was handling the murder case, Onzima and other suspects returned to Uganda, leading to their apprehension by the police.