Police in Arua last week confirmed the arrest of Onduparaka fan, Angualiga Sabuni alias Mister Sabuni over alleged cyberbullying, insults and abuse towards Onduparaka chairman Benjamin Nyakuni, his family and regional political figures.
Mister Sabuni was arrested on July 26, 2020 at around 8AM from his home in Osu cell, Pangisha ward, Arua Central division, Arua City by the flying squad unit and brought to Arua Central Police Station (CPS) where he was detained.
A case against Mister Sabuni has been opened under file number Arua/CRB 2224/2020, other exhibits including mobile phones which were allegedly used in committing the crimes were also recovered by investigators.
Also, some of the posts from his Facebook account were extracted and sent to the Police headquarters in Kampala for further analysis.
The arrest has since attracted reactions from some section of fans online who stood in solidarity with ‘their own’ as they called for the unconditional release of Mister Sabuni with immediate effect using hashtag #freemistasabuni.
Onduparaka’s head of marketing and communication Mercy Grace Munduru, also the wife to Nyakuni who fell victim to Sabuni’s bullying said that the club has not been shaken by the campaigners behind the suspect.
Munduru added that while the club recognized the importance of fans, but assured that whoever crosses the line beyond supporting the club will face the law.
“We value our fans because they are at the heart of what has made us what we are,” Munduru told Football256.
“This particular person who claims to be a fan has made grave allegations both against the club and against individuals at the club.”
“However, his lies have hurt not just the image of the club but also our families,” she noted.
Sabuni was once arrested and taken to Gulu Police over the same case which is charged under the Computer Misuse Act and issued Police bond which he jumped, and has never reported back to answer to his bond according to Munduru.
Sabuni reportedly requested to be forgiven and he surely was ransomed. But his continuous online engagement in insults, abuse and cyberbullying has provoked Munduru and his other targets to take legal action.
“It is unfortunate that the same person who was arrested, who pleaded to be forgiven has disregarded his commitment to being a responsible fan.”
“True to our promise, we have taken legal steps to have this matter concluded once and for all,” she strongly concluded.
The suspect has already been produced in court and tried by the Arua Grade I Magistrate and pleaded not guilty. He has been remanded till August 26.