The Uganda Police have confirmed Human Rights Defender Nicholas Opiyo is in their custody. “We would like to confirm the arrest of Lawyer Nicholas Opiyo, by a Joint Task team of Security and Financial Intelligence,” a message on the force’s verified Twitter account reads in part.
The force further said Mr Opiyo was arrested on “allegations of money laundering and related malicious acts.”
“The investigations are progressing well and any new developments will be communicated in due course. He remains in our custody at the Special Investigations Division,” the police further revealed.
Mr Nicholas Opiyo, a human rights lawyer based in Kampala was arrested by plain cloth security men, his team said Tuesday.
Mr Opiyo represents the Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) whose accounts were blocked by security last week on for allegedly supporting terrorism in Uganda.
He was picked from Lamaro restaurant located in Kamwokya, a Kampala suburb, handcuffed and whisked away.
Mr Opiyo is also the head of Chapter Four Uganda, a Human Rights defense organization in Uganda.
“Chapter Four is deeply concerned about the abduction and incommunicado detention of Nicholas Opiyo, our executive director earlier today afternoon by unknown security operatives. We’re taking legal action to ensure his prompt and unconditional release,” the organisation said in a tweet onTuesday afternoon.
Mr Opiyo was arrested with three other lawyers; Herbert Dakasi, Anthony Odur and Esomu Obure.
Mr Hamid Tenywa, a National Unity Platform (NUP) human rights Officer, was also arrested alongside the four lawyers.