Lawyer, 3 others held over Nekyon death claim

RIP. Akbar Adoko Nekyon. COURTESY PHOTO.

What you need to know:

  • Nekyon, a cousin of former president Dr Milton Obote, died on May 4.
  • Directorate of Criminal Investigations spokesman Vincent Ssekatte confirmed the arrest of Mr Makmot, Ms Akullo, and two others men.

Kampala. Detectives have arrested four people, including a lawyer, after they allegedly wrote to police seeking criminal investigation into the death of Akbar Adoko Nekyon.
Nekyon, a cousin of former president Dr Milton Obote, died on May 4.
Police officers arrested and detained Mr Adam Makmot, a lawyer, Ms Mariam Akullo, a relative of Nekyon, and two other men, who had gone to CID to rescue the duo on Thursday.
The four were arrested over what the police said was uttering false documents.

Directorate of Criminal Investigations spokesman Vincent Ssekatte confirmed the arrest of Mr Makmot, Ms Akullo, and two others men.
“Mr Makmot appeared on Thursday at CID headquarters at Kibuli [in Kampala] and we interviewed him. However, there are a few issues we didn’t complete. That is why he was detained. Akullo is also detained and she has given us important information about the issue. We still need more information from her,” Mr Ssekatte said on Friday.
The police say Mr Makmot wrote to CID on behalf of Akullo on May 8, asking them to investigate the death of Nekyon, claiming it wasn’t due to natural causes and cited foul play.

They claimed Nekyon died under mysterious circumstances in a city hotel, but documents later falsified that he had died from Nsambya Hospital.
The letter claimed Nekyon’s death could have stemmed from property ownership wrangle among his relatives.
But Mr Maitum Engena, on behalf of Nekyon’s family, disassociated themselves from the letter by Mr Makmot, saying the deceased died of natural causes after suffering a stroke in March. Mr Engena also insisted that Nekyon died at Nsambya hospital where he had been admitted for some time.

Mr Ssekatte said during interrogation, Ms Akullo denied having instructed Mr Makmot to write a letter to CID to investigate the death of Nekyon.
“She even produced a bus ticket as proof that she was out of Kampala City on the day the letter was purportedly written,” Mr Ssekatte said.
He said Mr Makmot is suspected to have attempted to cover up the mess by issuing another letter signed by Ms Akullo, but backdated.

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