IGP Ochola Tells Ugandans To Stone Brutal Police Officers

IGP Ochola Tells Ugandans To Stone Brutal Police Officers

 

By Mable Nakibuuka

 

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Martins Okoth Ochola has called upon all police and other security officers to behave professionally, warning that if they do not act within the law then Ugandans will stone them.

Ochola, who was  speaking during a press conference held Saturday at the Police Headquarters in Naguru, said that all police officers have to identify themselves before arresting anyone and tell him or her the reason why they are arresting them and that they shouldn’t do it violently.

“A professional security officers in the training school are taught how to effect an arrest. Officers going to arrest suspects should identify themselves and give reason for the arrest. If they arrest people in a cruel manner, civilians can also arrest them,” IGP Ochola said.

When asked how civilians can arrest armed police officers, Ochola replied that; “Now where that arrest is done in a manner that is not prescribed, please help us and arrest them. If they are armed and you fear them because they are armed, then you can get a stone and stone them because the arrest is illegal.

Ochola was replying to questions from journalists about the current security situation in the country and the recent arrest of several opposition politicians, among them National Unity Platform contender Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, which sparked off nationwide protests that left over 35 people dead.

 

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Martins Okoth Ochola has called upon all police and other security officers to behave professionally, warning that if they do not act within the law then Ugandans will stone them.

 

Ochola, who was  speaking during a press conference held Saturday in at the Police Headquarters in Naguru, said that all police officers have to identify themselves before arresting anyone and tell him or her the reason why they are arresting them and that they shouldn’t kit violently.

“A professional security officer in the training school, they are taught how to effect an arrest. Officers going to arrest suspects should identify themselves and give reason for the arrest. If they arrest people in a cruel manner, civilians can also arrest them,” IGP Ochola said.

When asked how civilians can arrest armed police officers, Ochola replied that; “Now where that arrest is done in a manner that is not prescribed, please help us and arrest them. If they are armed and you fear them because they are armed, then you can get a stone and stone them.

 

Ochola was replying to questions from journalists about the current security situation in the country and the recent arrest of several opposition politicians, among them National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential contender Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, which sparked off nationwide protests that left over 35 people dead.

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