The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) flagbearer for Omoro County, Owani Dick Denis, was reportedly kidnapped by unknown gunmen on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) flagbearer for Omoro County Owani Dick Denis was reportedly kidnapped by unknown gunmen ahead of his nomination.
His kidnap was also confirmed by his party who said they were unaware of his whereabouts at the time.
“Our candidate for Omoro county Owani Dick Denis has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen ahead of his nomination today,” FDC tweeted.
In the wake of events, however, the police have released a statement on the alleged Kidnap saying that the FDC candidate is safe.
In a statement dated May 12, ASP Ongom David Mudong the PRO Aswa-River said the regional Police are investigating the circumstances under which the said kidnap happened.
“The candidate alleges that he was abducted by occupants in an unknown vehicle who were trailing him. Mr. Owani claims they kidnapped him at Adida village in Omoro District but later abandoned him at Corner Kamdini in Oyam District.”
ASP Ongom mentioned that the police take matters of threats to life including abductions seriously. As a result, he urged the complainant to cooperate with the police and provide more information on the matter.
“Our regional teams in Aswa and North Kyoga have opened up general inquiries to help prove or disprove the allegations. We urge the complainant in the alleged incident to cooperate with police and provide us with all the necessary information,” Ongom said.
“We further wish to inform the public that the complainant in this alleged incident is out of danger and has gone for nomination,” he added.
Owani is FDC’s flagbearer in the upcoming Omoro County by-election. He is contesting for the same position with three other members including Tolit Simon Akena of NUP, Kiiza Oscar of ANT, and Andrew Ojok Oulanyah the son of the late Jacob Oulanyah who was earlier fronted by the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM).
According to the Electoral Commission, the nomination of candidates for the Omoro seat will be held on May 12 and 13. Campaigns will run from May 16 to 24, 2022 and then elections held on May 26.
Meanwhile, the position fell vacant following the death of late Speaker Oulanyah who was buried on April 8th in the Omoro district. Oulanyah reportedly succumbed to multi-organ failure.