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Detained Widows Of Sheikh Kirevu Sue Security Agencies

Ibrahim Kirevu states that he has visited several police stations, which are gazette detention facilities but failed to trace the trio and no charges have been communicated to their next of kin.
The widows of the late Sheikh Abas Muhammad Kirevu and his sister have filed an application challenging their continued detention without appearing before the court. The widows are Amina Nabadda and Sofia Nakachwa while their sister-in-law is Mariam Najjuuko.

Security picked up the trio during an operation in which, the operatives arrested Sheikh Abas Muhammad Kirevu from his home in Busabala-Makindye Ssabagabo Division in Wakiso District and gunned him down on November 18th, 2021 for his alleged links to the rebel Allied Democrat Front-ADF. 

Through their lawyers of Nalukoola, Kakeeto Advocates, and Nyanzi, Kiboneka, and Mbabazi Advocates, the trio is seeking court orders to be produced immediately.  

The Inspector-General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola, the Commandant of the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence -CMI, the Commandant of Special Investigations Unit – SIU, the Director of Criminal Investigations Department- CID and the Attorney General – AG are respondents to the application. 

In a sworn affidavit, Ibrahim Kirevu, a family member alleges that the three persons were kidnapped by government security agents and bundled into a car after the killing of Sheikh Kirevu.

He states that the whereabouts of the three persons remain unknown and there is fear that after that they could have been killed. “That the applicants may be under intense torture and inhuman treatment by the security operatives as is being done to the Muslims arrested as terrorists/ADF,” states Mr. Ibrahim Kirevu.         

Ibrahim Kirevu states that he has visited several police stations, which are gazette detention facilities but failed to trace the trio and no charges have been communicated to their next of kin.  “That all the applicants are breastfeeding mothers of two years, one and half years and one-year old babies respectively,” reads the sworn statement.         

The lawyers state that it is in the interest of justice that the court reviews the legality of the applicants’ arrest, imprisonment, and detention. Sheikh Kirevu was the Imam of Masjid Jamia Gangu and resident of Gangu B in Busabala-Makindye Ssabagabo Division in Wakiso district. 

Police claimed that the deceased Sheikh was recruiting people for ADF and was killed when he violently tried to resist arrest. However, the deceased’s family has dismissed the police narrative, saying that Sheikh Kirevu was gunned down in cold blood since he was already in handcuffs when he was killed and unable to fight the arresting officers.

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