Girl, 17, stabbed to death by boyfriend, 20, over abortion

By Emeka Nze

A 17-year-old female student has been killed by her boyfriend for terminating their 3-month-old pregnancy.

The girl, Miriam Akello of Gulu city, northern Uganda, and a first-year student pursuing a certificate in Accounting and Finance at East African Institute for Management Science was stabbed on Monday at about 9 pm in Obiya West village.

Police preliminary reports indicate that Akello’s boyfriend identified as Jordan Owili, 20, invited the deceased to a friend’s house so they could spend some time together.

According to reports, a disagreement later ensued between the lovers as the boyfriend accused Akello of allegedly aborting the pregnancy.

Owili reportedly picked a knife during the quarrel and stabbed Akello on the neck, back, lower abdomen, and slit her throat before abandoning her body.

Aswa River Region police spokesperson David Ongom Mudong says that Akello’s body was found today Tuesday after the police and local leaders were tipped off.

Mudong says whereas the police haven’t yet found credible motives for the murder, preliminary information points to a fight sparked over alleged abortion. He notes that the suspect is currently being detained for interrogation at Gulu central police station where a case of murder has been registered.

Close family members of the deceased however allege that the suspect had earlier made a threat to harm Akello should she make any attempt to end their affair.

This is the second time in less than a month female students in Gulu city are losing their lives at the hands of their lovers.

On January 14, Agnes Acayo, a second-year student pursuing a bachelor of Education at Gulu University was hacked to death by her boyfriend Alfred Ocan, 50, during a fight over money.