Police investigating suspected ritual killings in Luwero

The bodies have been conveyed to the city mortuary in Mulago for postmortem.

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Police in Luwero are investigating circumstances under which four people from Bufumbanswa village were mysteriously killed in what is suspected to be an act of ritual sacrifice.

The deceased according to police, have been identified as Shamsa Agujji aged 52, Manisul Ojuku aged 25, Manisul Ajeke 13 years, and Hamza Shadidu aged two years.

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Two bodies were found lying in the house, one in the compound, and that of the child was found dumped in a banana plantation. They were found with some parts including buttocks, private parts, breasts, tongue, and hands among others missing.

The LCI chairperson of Bufumbanswa village, Mr Taban Nuwa, said that he received information at around 1 pm on Tuesday about the gathering and when he visited the home, he found a woman with a Quran speaking in tongues allegedly being possessed by evil spirits.

He revealed that the family members had locked themselves inside the house and when he entered, he was asked to strip naked and join the rituals, which he rejected and went away.

To his shock, Mr Nuwa said he received the news on Wednesday morning that four people had been found dead.

Sarah Lule, a resident told reporters that at around 7 am, four people together with two children were seen leaving the village after the ritual murder. He added that a suspect identified as Zainabu Anguko attempted to attack her but fled to save her life.

Before the ritual murder, two people attacked a neighbor Madinah Nankya and threatened to kill her accusing her of bewitching them but she managed to flee.

When she reported the matter to Wobulenzi police station, Nankya said officers at the station told her that they couldn’t visit the home because they lacked manpower at the time.

She was told to return home but out of fear, she decided to sleep in another neighborhood.

According to Isah Ssemwogerere, the Savannah Regional Police Spokesperson Police arrived at the scene at around 7 am and found a blood-stained knife, which the killers could have used to cut the four dead.

Ssemwogerere also confirmed that Anguko had been arrested to help police in investigating the suspected ritual murder.

The bodies have been conveyed to the city mortuary in Mulago for postmortem, Ssemwogerere said.

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