A senior two student was yesterday arrested by the Uganda police force for allegedly announcing the Inspector General of Police, John Martins Okoth Ochola dead via his page on facebook.
The 17-year-old declared that Ochola had “finally died” and that he should “rest in peace” on September, 22nd, 2021 hence prompting investigations into the incident.
This was according to the Criminal Investigations Division spokesperson, Charles Twiine, who says that the suspect used an account on facebook under the name Brison.
“Our investigators from the cyber unit working together with UCC followed up the case and found that the facebook account had been opened using a phone number, 0752813959 belonging to Fatumah Nakazibwe who was tracked and arrested,”Twiine said.
Nakazibwe denied having a facebook account but said she would always give her phone to her son, a one Mubarak Mubiru who was also arrested.
After the arrest, Mubiru admitted to own 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.
The other three were later on also arrested as investigations into the incident continued.
After the arrest of all the four, the 17-year-old senior two student later admitted to have been behind the post announcing of the death of the IGP.
The Inspector General of Police, after investigations were completed, and realized the person behind the offence was a 17 year old student, he advised that he should be forgiven since he is still a minor.
The charges of offensive communication slapped against the senior two student are were later on dropped in accordance with the law.
Mubiru sweared never to do this again.