Security Guard Succumbs to Wounds after Attack on Petrol Station

Written by on January 24, 2023


Mohammed Abiriga 55, a security guard who was attacked while on duty at Magnum Pump fuel station has succumbed to wounds at Kawolo Hospital. Hellen Butoto, the Ssezibwa Regional Police Spokesperson, has confirmed the death of the security guard saying he succumbed to wounds on Monday last night.

Abiriga is among seven people who were attacked by twenty machete and stick-wielding thugs at around 3: 00 am on Monday at Magnum Pump fuel station in Kitega Cell in Lugazi Central Division in Lugazi Municipality in Buikwe District.

George Ewat, a pump attendant who managed to escape the attack, says that he managed to make an alarm, which attracted neighboring residents to come to their rescue but they were surrounded by the thugs.

“Residents had started turning up to rescue us, but the attackers were more tactical and enjoying what they were doing. They demanded from my colleagues (pump attendants) as well grabbing an unspecified amount of cash from them and disappearing. I called my boss who responded and took the victims to Kawolo hospital for management,” Ewat said.

Radio 4 Uganda has confirmed that six people are still admitted at Kawolo hospital where they are receiving specialized treatment. The injured are Umar Masikini, Solomon Ecuru, Hakim Zziwa, Muhammad Mutebi (residents at Lugazi), Innocent Kaganda, a security guard at the nearby shop, and David Katungano.

Hellen Butoto, the Ssezibwa Regional Police Spokesperson, says that police have now embarked on the hunt for the suspects. She notes that police visited the scene of the crime to gather evidence and document it.

John Kkolimo, a resident of Lugazi expresses fear, saying that they have always heard about such groups in other parts of the country. He appeals to the government to support police forces to always implement rapid responses whenever they are contacted.

Lutajani Kemisi, the Lugazi Central Division Chairperson appeals to police to revive constant patrols and intelligence surveillance, especially in places covered with sugarcane.

He as well advises petrol station managers and the entire business community to set up camera systems besides hiring enough security guards.

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