Man kills pregnant wife in suspected human sacrifice

Postmortem results indicate that two kidneys and half of the uterus were removed and taken away, and the baby's body was removed and tied to that of the mother.

By Moses Alinda

Arua: Police in Arua City are investigating circumstances under which a man murdered his pregnant wife in suspected human sacrifice.

Josephine Angucia, the West Nile Region Police Spokesperson, has identified the deceased as Sharon Enzaru and the suspect as Isaac Adedri Ogui.

Angucia told on Friday that the suspect killed his pregnant wife, allegedly removed some body organs, and took them, stressing that the unborn baby was also removed from her womb, tied to her side, and buried together in the bush in Yuku village, Aruu territory, Ituri province, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

‘’Upon getting this circumstantial evidence, efforts to call and arrest the suspect failed as the suspect and his family members took off from their home in Kasua cell to an unknown place and are still being traced,’’ she said.

The regional police mouthpiece disclosed that with the help of the offices of the RCC, cross-border liaison officers, and migration officials on both the Ugandan and DRC sides, the body of the deceased woman was successfully repatriated to their home in Uganda from the DRC on December 6, 2023, around midnight.

On the 7th of this month, at around 10 a.m, a postmortem was done on the body by the Regional Police Surgeon West Nile at the home of the deceased in Kasua cell.

The police officer asserts that postmortem results indicate that two kidneys and half of the uterus were removed and taken away, and the baby’s body was removed and tied to that of the mother.

‘’Relatives later took the bodies for burial,’’ she said, adding that it’s suspected that this could be a group action; all the suspects named are on the run and are still being traced by police in both Uganda and the DRC, where the crime occurred.

Investigations still continue under Ayivu West Division CRB 203/2023.

Unfolding the event

On November 14, 2023, chaos erupted between the family of Enzaru and that of her husband, Adedri, based on the information that Enzaru was killed in the DRC allegedly by her husband, and the body was secretly buried without the consent of the deceased’s family.

On the 17th of last month, at around 5:12 p.m., one of the relatives of the deceased went to the police station with photographs of a dead person whom he identified as his missing sister, Sharon Enzaru.

The reporter also handed over an exhibit of his late sister’s clothing, which was on her body in the photograph taken in the DRC, and he correctly identified the clothes as being for his deceased sister.

However, the husband did not report the disappearance of his wife from his home to any authority, even after police guided him to open a case of disappearance.

Police started inquiries into the allegations leading to the chaos in Kasua Cell and summoned the husband of the deceased to give his statement on the 18th of last month, but he couldn’t be detained since there was no formal complaint of murder against him at the beginning.

Police inquiries continued, and statements were recorded from some witnesses and relatives of the deceased woman.

According to the family members of the suspect’s brother-in-law, Adedri is known for luring unsuspecting women to DRC, harming them from there, and then running to hide in DRC until the situation cools down.

It’s also alleged that the suspect took a similar action to his first woman, who hails from the same area but escaped to the DRC until the situation cooled down.

It’s against that background that they suspected that their brother-in-law could have lured the deceased wife, Enzaru, who was heavily pregnant and expecting a baby, to DRC, from where she was murdered on October 24, 2023.

Angucia urged members of the affected community to remain calm, not to take the law into their own hands, but to share information widely on the whereabouts of the suspects, the main one being Adedri Isaac, alias Ogui, so as to arrest them and face the law.

She also encouraged the general public to report similar crimes that could be cropping up in the communities to the police for proper management so as to eliminate the vice in the communities.

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