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Immaculate Onebe’s case takes new twist as DNA proves body in septic tank was not hers


Immaculate Onebe’s case takes new twist as DNA proves body in septic tank was not hers

The body found in a septic tank at Francis Onebe’s home located at Cornerstone Munyonyo, is not that of his wife Immaculate Mary Blessing Onebe, who went missing in January 2021.

The detectives investigating the kidnap and murder of Immaculate decided to conduct DNA tests after her husband, Francis Onebe, insists that the body picked from the septic tank at their matrimonial home is not one for his wife.

On January 6th, 2021, Immaculate Onebe was allegedly kidnapped by unknown persons driving the infamous drone van, a type that was used to kidnap people during the 2021 election campaigns.

To prove the point, Onebe provided CCTV video evidence to police, indicating his wife was being forced into the van. Immaculate had gone to buy G.nuts at the shop around 7:00 PM on a fateful night.

She was never seen after that. After nine months of search, last Wednesday, the homicide team from Criminal Investigations Directorate –CID at Kibuli, retrieved a body of a woman believed to be Immaculate. The body was found in a septic tank at her husband’s home in Munyonyo.

Police arrested Onebe, who insisted that he does not know how the ‘unknown’ woman ended in their septic tank. Now, CID Spokesperson, Charles Twine says they conducted DNA tests with the couple’s children to confirm whether the corpse was that of their missing mother, but results show otherwise.

Twine says they arrested Francis Onebe due to his suspicious actions ever since his wife went missing. He noted that the husband has purposely been intended to divert investigations.
When Immaculate went missing, her husband rushed to file a case of a missing person at Kabalagala police and later visited CMI, SIU, and CID claiming that his wife had been kidnapped by unknown people moving in a Toyota Hiace commonly known as a drone.

Besides checking at numerous army and police detention facilities, Francis had interviews with various media houses insisting his wife had been kidnapped.

He placed adverts in newspapers, on television, and radio stations announcing his wife’s disappearance. On January 7th, a day after Immaculate’s disappearance, the family’s security guard only identified as Okariot also disappeared.

However, there was a twist in the case, when Okariot abruptly showed up at the same home last on August 28. He was identified by the new security guard from Pentagon Security Limited where Immaculate served as director. The suspect who is currently in custody was spotted hiding in a pit latrine and the new guard quickly locked him inside and then alerted police.

Twine says they summoned Francis to CID headquarters where he recorded a statement, but detectives noticed that there were inconsistencies in Francis statements compared to those recorded eight months ago.

He added that investigators decided to have another interview with Francis on Monday (last week) but later learned that he was planning to leave the country. Police became suspicious and arrested him.

In response to questions to why he was planning to leave the country at the height of an inquiry that could lead to the finding of his dear wife, Francis said he was going to the UK for treatment. 

Twiine however says that upon crosschecking with relevant agencies, investigators established that Francis had two destinations at almost the same time. Police confirmed that he had booked Nairobi for treatment and changed to the UK was on short notice.

It remains unclear, who the woman found in Onebe’s septic tank is or how her body got in the septic tank.

Sarah K. Biryomumaisho is a seasoned multimedia Award Winning journalist with 11 years of experience in broadcast and writing. She is recognized for her expertise in the field and holds a Diploma in Business Administration from Makerere Business Institute, which has equipped her with a strong foundation in business principles. Sarah's commitment to professional development is evident through her continuous pursuit of knowledge and skills. She has obtained a Certificate in Media Management from Women in News, an esteemed organization dedicated to empowering women in the media industry. In 2020, she successfully completed a Course in Wikimedia, demonstrating her proficiency as one of the few Wikipedia Editors in the country. To further enhance her reporting capabilities, Sarah has also acquired a certificate in Gender Justice Reporting from The International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF). This specialized training has equipped her with a deeper understanding of gender-related issues and their portrayal in the media. Throughout her career, Sarah has contributed her talent to various media houses, including six radio stations, where she has showcased her versatility and adaptability. Her most recent engagements include Galaxy FM 100.2 and Radio 4. Additionally, she has served as a writer for Andariya Magazine, further demonstrating her ability to excel in different mediums. Sarah's expertise extends beyond journalism. She has worked as a Digital Communications consultant for the revitalized Uganda Airlines, leveraging her skills to effectively communicate the airline's message in the digital sphere. Her passion for digital media and technology makes her a valuable asset in the evolving landscape of communication. In her entrepreneurial pursuits, Sarah is the proud owner of TheUgPost, a renowned media organization with a strong presence in Uganda and a global reach. Through this platform, she continues to make a significant impact by providing reliable and engaging content to a wide audience. Sarah won the Top Environmental Journalist Award 2023 from Uganda Biodiversity Fund. Twitter;

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