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Odonga was arrested at around 9 am from Bomah Hotel in Gulu. FILE PHOTO

Odonga Otto was Tuesday arrested and detained over charges among others possession of military arms.

The Aruu County Member of Parliament (MP), Odonga Otto was Tuesday arrested and detained over charges among others possession of military arms.

Odonga was arrested at around 9 am from Bomah Hotel in Gulu City by Francis Olugu, the Deputy Director for Criminal Investigations. He was in the gym at the time of his arrest.

Immediately after his arrest, Francis Olugu said Otto was held following previous charges on him including assault and damage at Pader in 2018, illegal possession of firearms and assault of a journalist in Gulu in 2019 during the FUFA Drum match at Pece Stadium in addition to many others.

According to Charles Twiine the spokesman of the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID), Otto is also charged for accusing police of poisoning him while in custody at Pader Police Post earlier this year. 

Odonga was driven to CID headquarters in Kireka, Kampala on security orders with indications that he will be arraigned in court in Pader upon completion of the investigation.

“He is going to be detained at SID headquarters in Kireka where he will be interviewed on Wednesday,” Twiine said before adding that the MP has been holding a firearm that isn’t registered in any of the security systems which amounts to illegal possession of a firearm.

Meanwhile, a team of detectives led by Francis Olugu, the deputy director of the Criminal Investigations Directorate headquarters championed the legislator’s arrest.

The team that was sent from Kampala City to Gulu City whisked away from the Otto in white Toyota Hilux registration number UP 7484. His elder brother Tadeo Oloya Otto was also arrested on orders of Olugu 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 before his arrest while taking pictures of Odonga. He has since been detained at Gulu Central Police Station.

Meanwhile, this comes at a time when Odonga Otto lost his parliamentary seat to Dr Christopher Komakech, a relative of the Deputy Inspector General of Police Major General Paul Lokech in the January general elections. 

Odongo who was left dissatisfied by how the election was held has since expressed interest in petitioning Komakech’s victory.