Kenyan priest killed in South Sudan

November 16, 2018 | Brainwave Science

Kenyan priest killed in South Sudan: Brainwave ScienceSITUATION

A Kenyan Jesuit was shot and killed by armed men in Gok State in South Sudan on Nov. 15.

The Odhiambo was in the TV room when the assailants attacked. The announcement of the death of Victor-Luke Odhiambo, S.J. was published on Facebook account of Eastern Africa Province of the Jesuits.  Father Odhiambo was killed when unknown assailants attacked the Daniel Comboni Jesuit Residence in Cueibet. Four of the Jesuits in the community had already gone to sleep, while Father Odhiambo was in the TV room when the assailants attacked.

Upon hearing two gunshots and noise, his companions pressed the alarm and the killers ran away. By this time, Victor-Luke was already dead. He said six attackers ran off after students from surrounding dormitories began to rush to the Jesuit residence upon hearing the alarm.

The news was a shock to Jesuits around the world. People who worked with Victor-Luke said he was a wonderful person, a devoted Jesuit and a superb priest. He was warm, kind and friendly. Victor-Luke was dedicated to Jesus and to God’s poor and was also widely respected among his Jesuit brothers.

Gok State Information Minister John Madol says that motive behind the killing was not clear. One person has been arrested and it is expected that the others will be arrested soon.

Three days of mourning will be observed in memory of Father Odhiambo. Father Odhiambo was the principal of Mazzolari Teachers College in Cueibet. He was also the acting superior of the local Jesuit community since January 2017. He had worked in South Sudan for approximately 10 years.

Father Odhiambo, born on Jan. 20, 1956, became a member of the society on July 4, 1978, and was ordained as a priest on Aug. 22, 1987. He took his vows on May 30, 1993.


South Sudan’s different churches have remained one of the country’s few stable institutions, and in their workings toward peace, have displayed a level of inter-religious cooperation rarely seen in the world.  Throughout the fifty years of struggles in South Sudan, their Priests and pastors from numerous denominations brought humanitarian relief to civilians during South Sudan’s long wars for independence — often considered a fight for religious freedom for the mostly Christian south — from the hard-line Islamist government to the north in Khartoum, Sudan.

The motive behind the killing of this godly man is unclear. Investigators will have to explore all angles in this homicide case. Law enforcement agencies have a responsibility to help exonerate innocents and put the guilty behind bars working in conjunction with criminal justice system in the country. In order to do this, intelligence gathering needs to be foolproof and quick. DNA and traditional fingerprinting are only applicable in 1-2% of all cases. Also, in a well-planned crime, it is very difficult to find incriminating evidence, as hardly any is left behind. Interrogation and torture of the arrested suspect may yield a lot of information, but this includes inhumane treatment and suffering. Traditional lie-detector tests are not reliable and may cause an innocent person to be incarcerated. What investigators need is a way to accurately determine if a person is aware of the specific information.


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In the case of the murder of the Kenyan Priest, if the arrested suspect is made to undergo the test, then it can be determined if he was at the crime scene. The perpetrators will have spent a considerable amount of time to plan the attack. Their brains definitely contain information related to the planning, weapons used, crime scene, etc. All this can be ascertained using iCognative. It can help provide hints towards the identities of the other perpetrators. Pictures of the evidence collected from the crime scene, names of victim, and any other object, place which the perpetrator and witness may know can be uploaded into the iCognative system. When the testee is shown the pictures and words, the system will record the brain response and determine if the he or she was aware of the crime-related information.

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Main Source: The East African

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