By Andrew Cohen Amvesi
OMORO. Reports on how Denis Dick Owani, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) candidate in the upcoming Omoro by-election was kidnapped have emerged.
It is alleged that Owani was abducted by occupants in an unknown vehicle who were trailing him from Gulu where he had a talk show on Radio Rupiny at 8:30pm on Wednesday.
According to Owani, he was kidnapped at Adida village in Omoro District but later abandoned at Corner Kamdini in Oyam District.
Later the Uganda police force issued a statement regarding the alleged kidnap and launched an investigation into the matter.
In a statement issued by David Mudong Ongom, the police PRO for Aswa River region, police regretted the incident and pledged to investigate the matter to its logical conclusion.
“We do take matters of threats to life including abductions seriously. Our regional teams in Aswa and North Kyoga have opened up general inquiries to help prove or disprove the allegations,” Ongom said in a statement published on Uganda police force website.
“We urge the complainant in the alleged incident to cooperate with police and provide us with all the necessary information. We further wish to inform the public that the complainant in this alleged incident is out of danger and has gone for nomination,” Ongom assured the public.
But when the news of Owani’s kidnap trickled in, Patrick Oboi Amuriat, the FDC President said they highly suspect the kidnap to be the handiwork of the usual suspect fearing the strength of FDC in this particular by-election.
He later on Thursday tweeted that: “Good news: Reports from FDC foot soldier in Acholi indicate that our flag bearer Davis Dick Owani is on his way to Gulu from Kamdini police station where he reported at 1am for his own safety after yesterday’s kidnap ordeal.”