Opiyo was arrested on Tuesday by security operatives. He was picked from a Lamaro restaurant located in Kamwokya, handcuffed and taken to an unknown location.
Nicholas Opiyo was arrested with three other human rights lawyers, Dakasi Herbert, Odur Anthony and Esomu Obure
US OFFICIAL REACTIONS :
US Senator in charge of Foreign Relations wrote
Today’s arrest of prominent Ugandan human rights lawyer @nickopiyo reflects the dangerous environment created by @KaguaMuseveni’s gov’t to marginalize and repress civil society, political opposition, the media, and everyday #Ugandans with the aim of maintaining its grip on power.
US Ambassador to Uganda tweet on Nicholas Opiyo,
I just met @NickOpiyo & was impressed by his commitment to rule of law & to uplifting his fellow citizens. News of his arrest is troubling & I call on the Ugandan Government to ensure his safety & wellbeing. Civil society must be able to carry out its essential role in #Uganda.
According to Police, the city lawyer was arrested by a Joint Task team of Security and Financial Intelligence, on allegations of money laundering and related malicious acts.
“The investigations are progressing well and any new developments will be communicated in due course. He remains in our custody at the Special Investigations Division,” Police said in a statement on Tuesday.