Charles Twine, the CID spokesperson said on September 22, 2021, a post Facebook by an account under the name Brison Olywl Oz declared that Ochola had “finally died” and that he should “rest in peace” prompting investigations into the incident.
The Criminal Investigations Directorate-CID has arrested a 17-year-old senior two student for announcing the Inspector General
of Police, Martins Okoth Ochola dead on Facebook.
Last month, stories made rounds on social media claiming the Inspector General of Police, John
Martins Okoth Ochola was critically ill and that he had been admitted to the
intensive care unit. The police however dismissed the claims as being untrue.
“Please disregard rumors
circulating on social media claiming that the IGP is hospitalized and on
oxygen," a statement that was released by Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga stated in September . "We do reiterate that the IGP is not hospitalized as claimed in certain
media circles. He is in good condition.
Charles Twine, the CID spokesperson
said that on September, 22, 2021, a post on Facebook by an account under the name
Brison Olywl Oz declared that Ochola had “finally died” and that he should
“rest in peace”, prompting investigations into the incident.
“Our investigators from
the cyber unit working together with Uganda Communication Commission-CC followed up the case and found that
the Facebook account had been opened using a phone number, belonging to
Fatumah Nakazibwe who was tracked and arrested Twiine said.
He explained that upon interrogation,
Nakazibwe denied having a Facebook account but said she would always giving her
phone to the son identified as Mubarak Mubiru who was also arrested.
Following Mubiru’s arrest
and interrogation, he admitted owning the Facebook account but claimed he used
the phone with three other colleagues and could have been behind the post
announcing the police chief dead.
Police arrested the other
three colleagues of Mubiru as investigations into the incident continued.
According to Twine, the 17-year-old boy later confessed to having been behind the
post announcing Ochola dead.
“After investigations were
completed, the Inspector General of Police as the complainant was informed but on
realizing the person behind the offense was a 17 year old, and considering that
he is also a parent, he advised that he should be forgiven since he is still a
minor," Twine explained.
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He however noted that the
file has been forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions to ensure the
charges of offensive communication slapped against this boy are formally
dropped in accordance with the law.
“The withdrawal of these
charges is only a monopoly of the director of public prosecutions, but the IGP
has asked us to engage the parent to understand that it is not good to leave the
phone to the children without knowing what they are doing with the phones so many crimes are being committed using parents phones without their knowledge.