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Family Angry with Police over Lengthy Detention of Minor

The girl was arrested on 22 February for interrogation in connection to a testimony she made in Kiru Church of Uganda, where she reportedly said she has been serving evil spirits together a Member of Parliament and that they were responsible for some of the bad things including some undisclosed deaths that happened in Abim district, over time. The girl reportedly made her testimony on Sunday 21st in public during a deliverance prayer at Kiru Church of Uganda.


A family in Kiru Town Council, Abim district has finally secured a release order for a 16 year old girl whom police at Abim Central Police Station held in custody for 9 days without being produced in the courts.

The girl was arrested on 22 February for interrogation in connection to a testimony she made in Kiru Church of Uganda, where she reportedly said she has been serving evil spirits together a Member of Parliament and that they were responsible for some of the bad things including some undisclosed deaths that happened in Abim district, over time.

The girl reportedly made her testimony on Sunday 21st in public during a deliverance prayer at Kiru Church of Uganda.

However, the MP filed a case of deformation at Abim Central Police Station leading to the arrest of the minor.Attempts from the family to secure a police bond while police carried out their investigations were turned away by the OC CID, Abim district.

Under the law, police are not allowed to keep suspects beyond 48 hours without producing them in court, but in this particular case a juvenile was kept in the cells together with other adults since 22 of February.

Now, the distressed family is questioning the manner in which the police handled the case. Jimmy Ongom Achuda, the guardian of the girl expressed disappointment and questioned the manner in which the case was handled. He made the comments on Tuesday after securing an order from the Abim/Kotido Chief Magistrate, Nicholas Aisu.

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According to the court order, the police was ordered to release the 16 year old teenager unconditionally.

“I write to order for the release for unconditional release of the minor who are keeping in your custody without producing in the courts of law as required by law,” reads part of the order that was issued this morning from Abim Magistrates Court.

The release order was secured after the family contacted lawyers from Uganda Law Society with the help of the Abim Senior Probation Officer Daniel Alfred Okello who perused the case to its logical conclusion today.

When the girl arrived to her home in Kiru town council it was all tears of joy. The parents broke into tears as they welcomed the girl back but later shared their happiness with  Uganda Radio Network.

Her guardian, Achuda said he has been praying for the deliverance of the girl for the last one month after he discovered she needed deliverance prayers.

For their part, police maintain they were keeping the girl in their custody for security reasons following her public testimony.

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