Jinja Road Police Station is holding a Nigerian
national and KCCA Footballer, John Odumel on allegations of holding hostage
three female students of Makerere University Business School –MUBS for over 10
Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, says on Saturday
the suspect invited his girlfriend, Grace Nakibuuka, whom he met five days ago
to his home in Mutungo, Nakawa Division, in Kampala.
She reportedly came along
with two other female friends identified as Margret Namutebi and Joan Namirembe. Enanga said around 9pm, the students asked
Odumel to leave but he insisted that they stay around.
confiscated their mobile phones around 10pm, locked them inside the house and
went to unknown place.
However, one of the girls had an
extra phone, which she used to inform her other colleagues what had befallen
them around midnight.
The students rushed to Kinawataka Police Station and
filed a case explaining how their colleagues were being held captive by a man.
Kinawataka police sent a message to Jinja Road
Policing Division, which immediately launched a hunt for the students
throughout the entire night of Saturday.
Odumel returned around 7am on Sunday morning
and released the trio. Enanga said since police was already on the hunt, it traced
the phones once they were returned to the students and switched on.
collaborating with victims located the suspect’s home leading to his arrest for
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Odumel, according to Enanga, said he hadn’t abducted
the students but he kept them in his house for fear that they could be hurt by
thugs the area if he had allowed them to move alone during night hours.
Police has cautioned young adults to be very careful, saying
the dating landscape has changed nowadays because anything evil can happen at
Nakibuuka, Namirembe and Namutebi have already recorded statements.
Early this year, two Congolese female students were found dead
and locked inside a rented house at Kakeeka Mengo, Rubaga Division, in Kampala.
They were allegedly killed by their fellow Congolese male student accusing one
of them of cheating on him.
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.