Human rights defender Nicholas Opio was Tuesday evening been arrested by security forces and taken to an unknown location.
According to sources, Nicholas Opio was picked from Lamaro restaurant in Kamwokya, handcuffed and taken.
Opio is the proprietor of Chapter Four, a local law firm that over the years condemned the acts of the ruling regime. Further reports revealed that Opios laptop, documents and car keys were confiscated despite his request to hand them over to a friend. Recently with a couple of other lawyers Opio was looking into the mass death of 50 people in the recent riots across Uganda and sources argue that this could be one of the reasons he was arrested.
By press time, there was no comment from security forces on why Opio was arrested and taken to an unknown location. National Unity Platform presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine, criticised the move.
“Distinguished human rights lawyer Nicholas Opio has been abducted from a restaurant in Kamwokya. He was abducted with other human rights lawyers who are involved in investigating and collecting evidence of the murders that occurred between 18th and 19th November, 2020 by security. According to eye witnesses, they were thrown into a van with tinted glasses, bearing private number plates.
At this point, we suspect that their abduction is intended to frustrate the ongoing investigation of gross human rights abuses. Our legal teams have embarked on the process of establishing their whereabouts. The regime is in total panic. And yes, the empire is crumbling.”