Illegal possession of a gun charges await MP Odonga Otto

MP Otto (in white t0shirt) with police detectives in Gulu

The police are preparing to charge outgoing Aruu MP, Samuel Odonga Otto of illegal possession of a firearm, the spokesman of the criminal investigations directorate (CID), Charles Twine has said.

The maverick MP was arrested on Tuesday morning from the gym at Boma Hotel in Gulu, and driven to the River Aswa regional police headquarters before being transferred to Kampala where he is expected to be interrogated by detectives at the Kibuli based CID headquarters.  

 “He has very many pending offences which include illegal possession of a firearm and malicious damage of property… we shall address the media tomorrow at CID headquarters,” Twine said.

 Otto’s offences reportedly emanate from a 2019 incident where he attacked journalist, Godfrey Okot, at the FUFA drum football match between Acholi province and West Nile province at Pece stadium in Gulu. 

 “There was a team tracking him in Kampala and Gulu until he was arrested, he has been dodging coming here until we decided to pick him by ourselves. We hope to arraign him before court tomorrow,” a police detective said.

At the time of his arrest, Otto was found with the gun whose license he had not renewed its license and that translates into illegal possession of a firearm.

 THE ARREST

 The MP was working out in the gym at Bomah hotel in Gulu when the police detectives led by Francis Olugu, the deputy CID director raided the hotel.

Olugu told journalists that the MP’s arrest would give the police chance to ask him about his claims of having been poisoned while in custody at Pader Police station in January.

Clad in a pair of khaki shorts, a white t-shirt and a pair of sneakers, Otto got involved in a hot exchange of word with the cops whom he accused of working on the orders of the Deputy Inspector General of the Police, Maj. Gen. Paul Lokech whom he says is witch-hunting him.

 Otto said that his arrest was intended to stop him from filing an election petition against Christopher Komakech who defeated him in the January 14 parliamentary elections, because he is a close friend to Lokech.

 Otto was whisked away to Kampala in a white Toyota Hilux registration number UP 7484 as the police arrested his elder brother Tadeo Oloya Otto for allegedly obstructing police from performing its duty.

 Oloya had arrived at Aswa Police Headquarters in a Super Custom registration number UBE 616R in the company of two other family members and took pictures of Otto as he was being led away which angered Olugu who ordered his arrest and detention at Gulu police station.

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