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Police issue statement on arrest of Bobi Wine’s private bodyguard Ariho

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Uganda Police have spoken out on the arrest of Bobi Wine’s private bodyguard Norbert Elber Ariho. Ariho was arrested on Friday at 11:30 am from Buhuro Manafwa where Kyagulanyi was holding his campaign rally.

In a statement released by the police through the Institution’s Facebook page, Police confirmed the arrest of Nobert Ariho allegedly stating he was reprimanded in connection with the Kayunga explosive incident.

“His arrest is in connection with an alleged assault occasioning grievous bodily harm Vide Kayunga police station, CRB 829/2020, and related incidents of obstruction and incitement to violence during the political campaigns at Kyampisi trading center on 01.12.2020 Vide CID headquarters, GEF 1172/2020. Arrangements to obtain his statement in place,” the force said.

Speaking after Ariho’s arrest, Bobi Wine said his bodyguard was not arrested because of the ‘explosive’ incident, but because the state is trying to fulfill its plan of arresting, detaining and torturing his comrades until when the elections are over.

“Even when clear evidence came out showing that our comrade Nobert Ariho never threw the grenade that nearly killed us, as alleged by police, they have gone ahead and arrested him violently, bundled him onto a police truck and drove him to an unknown destination! The same police officer called Asiimwe, who continues to follow us and cause mayhem commandeered his arrest! Definitely they are so ashamed of themselves and simply want to prove a point! We are aware of their plan to arrest, torture and detain many more people that I work with until after elections. Too bad for them, Uganda is far ahead of them,” Bobi Wine said in a statement.

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