Police is holding John Odemwegu, a Nigerian international footballer who plays for Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) FC for unlawful confinement of three university female students in his house.
Police spokesperson, CP Fred Enanga told reporters on Monday that the incident happened over the weekend when the girls from Makerere University Business School (MUBS) were held in Odemwegu’s rented apartment in Mutungo Bbiina.
The students have been identified as Grace Nakibuuka, Margret Namutebi and Joan Mirembe all students of MUBS.
He explained that Odemwegu had invited his girlfriend (one of the students) who came along with two other girls and were there up to 9pm. When the students asked to leave, he objected and instead confiscated their phones and unlawfully confined them in his apartment until 7am the following day.
He would later confiscate and switch two of the phones belonging to the students. The students used the other phone to reach out to their friends who reported the case at Kinawataka police station, prompting police to start a hunt for them.
“For 10 hours, these girls found themselves in a vulnerable situation where anything could have happened to them. We managed to arrest Odemwegu who claims that he feared to release these students late at around 9pm. He also accused one of the girls whom he had befriended 5 days back to be connected to other men,” Enanga said.
The 25 year old football would in the morning release the students but police asked the girls to record their statements.
The Nigerian striker joined KCCA FC from Nigerian side Rivers United FC as a replacement for Patrick Kaddu who joined Morrocan side RS Berkene.
Enanga cautioned young adults about dating abuse that is beginning to emerge saying that such incidents put their life in danger.