Police has arrested a Nigerian national and KCCA FC striker, John Odemwegu, on allegations of holding hostage three female students of Makerere University Business School (MUBS).
Police spokesperson Fred Enanga, told media the suspect invited his girlfriend, Grace Nakibuuka, to his home in Mutungo, Nakawa Division, in Kampala.
She reportedly came along with two other female friends identified as Margret Namutebi and Joan Namirembe.
Enanga said at around 9 pm, the students asked Odemwegu, 25, to leave but he insisted that they stay around.
He reportedly confiscated their mobile phones and at around 10 pm, he locked them inside the house and went to an unknown place.
One of the girls who had an extra phone informed her other colleagues at around midnight.
The students rushed to Kinawataka police station and filed a case explaining how their colleagues were being held captive by a man.
Kinawataka police sent a message to Jinja Road policing division, which immediately launched a hunt for the students throughout the entire night of Saturday.
Odemwegu returned at around 7am on Sunday morning and released the trio.
Police collaborating with the victims, located the suspect’s home leading to his arrest for unlawful confinement.
Odemwegu told police he hadn’t abducted the students but had kept them in his house for their own safety as he feared that they could be hurt by thugs in the area if he had allowed them to move alone during night hours.
Nakibuuka, Namirembe and Namutebi have already recorded statements.
Credit: URN/The Observer