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Vision Group Petitions IGP Over Arrest Of Lira Journalist

lunes, 27 de febrero de 2017

By Sam Ogwal Alero

In what appears to be a reaction to the complaint made to the Inspector General of Police over the conduct of the Police in Lira, the North Kyoga Regional Police Commander has asked members of the media not to rush with their cases to the highest authorities instead of approaching the Regional Office.

Mr John Peter Ematu on Sunday called a press conference at Lira Hotel, only a few days after the New Vision Printing and Publication Company's legal department wrote to the attention of the Inspector General of Police complaining about the unlawful apprehension of their reporter, Hudson Apunyo (Pictured Left)

The Vision Group said the arrest of the reporter without police Summons, Warrant of Arrest or Reference Number and reasons for the apprehension, amounted to gross abuse of the mandate of the Police officers in Lira, and implored the IGP to bring his errant officers to order and good discipline.

Without making any reference to the New Vision letter that was copied to his office, such complaints according to Ematu could have been solved at the regional level.

He appealed to any one with complaints regarding the conduct of the policemen to first approach the regional offices who shall advise on the way forward.

RPC Ematu's statement in regards to the arrest of Apunyo has kept reporters questioning about the arresting authority since the District Police Commander, Joel Tubanone have since declined to make recorded comments.

Meanwhile, RPC Ematu also said police in Lira has got information that the media in Lira are planning to give police a media blackout over the arrest of Hudson Apunyo which he said is uncalled for.

Hudson Apunyu is set to report back to police on Monday (today) after his bond was extended twice last week and without recording any statement.